Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. Although Kensington Palace is a working royal residence, historic parts of the palace are open to the general public. Today, Kensington Palace contains the offices and London residences of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry. It also contains the offices and residences of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The royal family attracts millions of tourists to London every year and are a huge part of London culture. There are all sorts of venues and galleries within the palace that celebrate them through the world of art.
Take a tour of Kensington
There are several events, activities and exhibits for guests to explore throughout the calendar year, including many of the extravagant rooms and spaces that have been the setting of significant royal events through the ages.
What to see inside
The King's Gallery is a luxurious gallery that sits at the heart of Kensington Palace and is where you'll find the richest collection of royal art work in the country. One of the most storied residents of Kensington Palace of course is the late Princess Diana of Wales. The princess was renowned for showing off some of the most gorgeous garments in the history of celebrity fashion, and this collection can be viewed by guests visiting the palace at the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibit. Queen Victoria is yet another figure in the history of the royal family that has a special exhibit at Kensington in her honor. The Victoria Revealed exhibit explores the history of one of Britain's most iconic monarchs, showcasing the timeline of Queen Victoria's life - from birth, through childhood to her reign as queen.
Walking the gardens
After a tour of the historical palace, head outside and walk through the exquisite Kensington Palace Gardens. Among the many gardens that guests will have the chance to explore, the White Garden is sure to capture the hearts of guests as this unique area is explicitly dedicated to celebrating the life of Princess Diana.
Guests looking to take a trip back in time and meet royals from past centuries will enjoy this fun exhibit that allows you to take a digital tour around Kensington Palace and interact with iconic characters as they speak of historic tales.
Gifts, memorabilia and dining
Explore an exclusive variety of royal palace gifts, jewelry and various homewares at the Kensington Palace Shop, and round out your visit with a stop at the Orangery Restaurant for an elegant lunch or indulgent afternoon tea.