Time Required : 1-2 hours
Timings : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Amidst the wide expanse of the Hyde Park stands the regal and splendid royal residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th Century, Kensington Palace. It is situated in Royal Borough of Kensington in Chelsea and London. A part of the palace, the State Rooms, is now a tourist attraction and is open for the public to look around and marvel at the grandeur, magnanimity, and the history of the place.
Kensington Palace is the home to and holds childhood memories of Queen Victoria and of many other royal princes and princesses for almost 300 years now. While the State Rooms are managed by a non-profit charitable organisation, Historic Royal Palaces, the private space is taken care of by the Royal Household, under the care of Royal Household Property Section.
With entrances from sides, the place has relics and memorabilia from the Royal Collection on display, such as paintings and dresses worn by Queen Mary and Queen Victoria, audio and visual presentations, and other interactive experiences.
|Monday-Sunday||10 AM - 6 PM|
|Last Admission||5 PM|
|Monday-Sunday||10 AM - 4 PM|
|Last Admission||3 PM|
|Children (5-15)||GBP 8.70||GBP 9.60|
|Adult (18-64)||GBP 17.50||GBP 19.30|
|Age 65+, 16-17, full-time student||GBP 13.90||GBP 15.30|
|Family saver Pack 1 (1 adult + up to 3 children aged between 5-15)||GBP 32.50||GBP 35.80|
|Family saver Pack 2 (2 adults + up to 3 children aged between 5-15)||GBP 43.90||GBP 48.30|
Multiple generations of the Royal Family have resided at the Kensington Palace together at different times. In total, 50 people including the staff and members of the military stay here. Currently, the inhabitants of the Palace with a Royal lineage to their credit include:
During the 19th Century, the State Rooms inside the Kensington Palace were in a debilitated state with rotten woodwork and bricks. There were talks for the Palace to get knocked and torn down, but Queen Victoria took a stand stating that she wouldn’t let her childhood home be destroyed to ruins.
In the late 19th century, the palace was restored. The renovation took 2 years and almost GBP 12 million and was open to the public on Queen Victoria’s birthday on 24 May 1899.
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