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Kensington Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets

    1. Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets

    Experience London’s Kensington Palace, a place of secret stories and public lives. Witness an exhibition on royal fashion, and see the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales. You will need approximately 90-minutes to see the beautiful palace apartments. Explore the sumptuous state apartments that will lift the curtain on the lives of its resident royals, including William III, Mary II, Queen Anne and Anne's son William, the last member of the Stuart dynasty.  Learn of their momentous lives and discover their sometimes heart-rending secrets. Take in the most breathtaking examples of architect and painter William Kent in the Cupola Room and King’s Grand Staircase. See the flamboyant examples of 18th-century court dress and artworks from the Royal Collection, and much more. Explore the fine art of designing for royalty. See never-before-seen items from celebrated royal couturiers of t...

    Interesting information and artefacts Not sure I’d have ever visited if Princess Diana’s dress wasn’t on display

  • London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

    2. London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

    Meet your guide at the meeting point and walk to the iconic Kensington Palace. On a guided tour of the palace’s gardens, walk around the immaculately-maintained grounds where you will be given interesting insights into the history of the royal family and Britain's most beloved drink: tea.  Kensington Palace is most well known for being home to members of the British royal family like Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and now Prince William and Kate Middleton (along with Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte). See the famous Sunken Garden before ending the walk with an indulgent high tea in the breathtaking surroundings of Kensington Palace Pavilion. You will be served a selection of afternoon tea sandwiches which include classics such as egg mayonnaise and cress, smoked salmon and cream cheese, roast ham and English mustard, and cucumber and fresh mint. Taste traditional scon...

    Very well organised experience. David our guide, gave very interesting facts along the way especially about Oliver Cromwell which I didn’t know. Sitting down to High Tea was very enjoyable with the group and hearing more interesting facts from David.

  • The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

    3. The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

    See all that London has to offer while saving both time and money with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors, though it is not always the easiest or cheapest of experiences. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums. 

    Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more. 

    Take a ride on a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select at...

    easy to get River pass from Westminster and just showed the pass at the museums in Greenwich. very easy and enjoyable day, would recommend.

  • London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    4. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

    Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

  • London Explorer Pass

    5. London Explorer Pass

    Save time and money with a London Explorer Pass and create your own itinerary in the city. Redeem your Explorer credits against 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attraction visits from a selection of over 50 monuments, tours, cruises, dining experiences and more. Save up to 39% on regular door prices. Each attraction visit equals 1 credit used. It’s that simple. Choose from a host of participating venues, including the Tower of London, the Shard, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get a handy guidebook to plan your stay and learn your way around the city. There’s no need to decide what attractions you want to see in advance, as you’ll have 60 days to use your attraction credits starting with your first choice. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from the following list: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus tour• Tower of London• The View from the Shard• Kensington Palace• Shakespeare’s Globe ...

    Amazing experience with city cruise and I love this app amazing offers and I just love it and I can’t wait to explore more ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • London: City Highlights Bike Tour

    6. London: City Highlights Bike Tour

    Visit London’s must-see sights and attractions by bicycle as well as off-the-beaten-track hot spots that tour buses can’t reach. You’ll hear quirky tales about London’s amazing and sometimes bizarre history on this unique bicycle excursion. You’ll cycle at a comfortable pace along riverside pathways, dedicated bike lanes, and park routes. Possible tour stops include London’s major highlights, including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Other places of interest that you may see include Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Listen to amusing anecdotes about London from your knowledgeable guide, and make stops during the day.

  • London Essentials: 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

    7. London Essentials: 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

    Your journey starts by Kensington gardens. The first stop in this beautiful Royal park is Kensington Palace. Next, you cycle to the Royal Albert Hall, London's most classic venue, built to memorialize Prince Albert and the now the host for everything from the Miss World contest to rock concerts. Feel free to do your own "Last night of the proms" or stand back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes and stories about the British Empire. You then follow the "rotten row" and the Serpentine in the amazing Hyde park to the statue of one of England's greatest war heroes. From here, you head downhill on Constitution Hill along the Green park, (the route where Queen Victoria had three assassination attempts on her life) to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace. Maybe you will be invited in for a cup of tea? Your next stop is Trafalgar Square, right in the hear...

    Ola was an amazing guide. We had such fun on this bike tour. Ola was so knowledgeable and he played music as we cycled through the royal parks. The cycling was easy. We had a blast and would highly recommend this tour.

  • London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

    8. London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

    Explore 30 of London's most incredible sights on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you through some of the city's most famous neighborhoods. Listen to your guide as they tell you stories of the history, culture, and legends of England's capital city. Start your tour in the beautiful royal parks and then head on to Buckingham Palace where you can watch the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Later, marvel at the architecture of Westminster Abbey, peer into Downing Street and visit the bustling Trafalgar Square. Journey past historical Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and then onto London Bridge to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and the Tower of London. After all of this, head to Kensington Palace, which has been home to several young royals over the last 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty ...

    This is the most enjoyable tour I have ever had in my life. Never got bored during the 3 hours walk.

  • Royal London Tour with London Eye and Madame Tussauds

    9. Royal London Tour with London Eye and Madame Tussauds

    Climb aboard a luxury coach and take a panoramic drive to see the landmarks of London. Marvel at the monuments of Parliament Square, such as Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Continue to Kensington Palace to see the former residence of Diana, Princess of Wales. Pass the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial, and then head to St James's Park where on selected ays you can watch the ceremonial Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace. End at Trafalgar Square at around 12:00 PM, where you will be given your flexible entry tickets to Madame Tussauds and the London Eye, valid for 30 days.

  • London: City Highlights Bus Tour

    10. London: City Highlights Bus Tour

    Enjoy London from a unique viewpoint with a bus tour through the city. Take advantage of the comfort of a bus as you tour the main sights accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Drive past landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and more, depending on the option selected. Make stops along the way, and learn interesting facts about each landmark from your guide.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    Kensington Palace is open from 10:00AM all year round, except December 24th to 26th. It closes at 6:00PM from March 1st to October 31st, and 5:00PM the rest of the year. Last admissions are an hour before closing.

  • How long to tour?

    Set aside at least two or three hours to tour Kensington Palace and its gardens, but don't forget to allow time for tea and cakes (or even champagne!) at the Orangery.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily from 10:00AM to 6:00PM in summer, 10:00AM to 5:00PM in winter, closed December 24th, 25th and 26th.
  • Is it expensive?
    From March 1st to October 31st, adult tickets are £17.50. The rest of the year they are £16.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide around the palace, but check out our tours in the area!
  • How to get there
    Take the District or Circle lines to High Street Kensington, or one of several buses that goes to the Palace.
  • Additional information
    ** Book your tickets online in advance to get a discount! | You will need to cover your shoulders.*

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What people are saying about Kensington Palace

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1,763 reviews

Ola was an amazing guide. We had such fun on this bike tour. Ola was so knowledgeable and he played music as we cycled through the royal parks. The cycling was easy. We had a blast and would highly recommend this tour.

Smooth booking and updates across the board including g online help chat as was slightly confused by the ‘ voucher exchange’ that appears within tickets etc

Beautiful place to visit. Palace is stunning and it sits in a lovely park. The fashion history was interesting and loved seeing Diana’s dress

Good system for entering palace and also excellent when in building.

Everything as expected most if all Princess Diana's wedding dress.