“A beautiful home to centuries of royals” - AA Inspector
LONDON W8, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Built as a royal home for newlyweds William III and Mary II at the end of the 17th century, Kensington Palace has seen its share of history, with scenes of love, loss, heartbreak and happiness played out within its walls. Queen Victoria grew up here, and visitors will see the bedroom where she was woken to be told she was Queen. See also displays celebrating modern Royals, including Diana, Princess of Wales. The Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection includes representations of tailor's and dressmaker's workshops. In the grounds the delightful Orangery was built in 1704 for Queen Anne, and is now the place for an elegant cream tea.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Lift to upper floor, audio guide, wheelchair access ramp to café
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mar-Oct 10-6, Nov-Feb 10-5 (last admission 1hr before closing). Closed 24-26 Dec
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About The area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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