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Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has been shaped by generations of royal women from Queen Mary to Victoria and, more recently Diana, Princess of Wales. Over the past two years (2010 - 12) the Place has undergone a two year (£12 million) transformation project to change it into the Enchanted Palace, which combines the latest in fashion design.

Things to see at the Palace

For those who are planning to visit Kensington Palace there are many things to see and do whilst you are there. Here is a list of some of the interesting things not to miss:

  • The King’s State Apartments - Explore the magnificent set of rooms (including the Presence Chamber, the King's Drawing Room and the Cupola Room) that make up the King's State Apartments. Follow in the footsteps of visitors to the court which include George I and II and why not climb the magnificent King’s Staircase to see if you can master the games of court. 
  • The Queen’s State Apartments - Take a look at the actual stairs hat Mary II would have gone down to reach her beloved gardens. Explore the magnificent rooms such as the Queen's Gallery, closet and bedroom and get a sense at what life was like at the Palace. 
  • Luminous Lace - Enjoy the spender that is the Luminous Lace, a truly specular light piece located at the heart of the place which uses almost 4km of electroluminescent wire to light fully. 
  • The Gardens - A trip to the Palace is incomplete if you don’t explore the wonderful Kensington Place Gardens. Enjoy the many walks through the gardens, one of which has a statue of Princess Louise’s mother (Queen Victoria) looking out over the park. 
  • Diana: glimpses of a modern princess - For those visiting the Palace in 2012, you will be privileged to have the opportunity to see a small selection of dresses worn by Diana, the late Princess of Wales. What’s more special is the fact that some of these dresses will not have been shown in the UK before.

Crowne Plaza hotel near Kensington Palace

If you’re looking for a hotel near Kensington Palace, look no further than the Crowne Plaza London Kensington, which is ideally located -- just a few minutes’ drive from the palace!

Here you will find everything you need to make your stay relaxing and comfortable whether you’re staying for one night or several. This hotel has a number of facilities and amenities including high-speed internet access, LCD TVs in all bedrooms, a fitness centre on-site and a children’s program.

Better still, the Crowne Plaza London Kensington hotel offers a selection of dishes influenced from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesian and Vietnam.

Open hours

Between the 26th March 2012 and the 31st October 2012 the Palace, the Shop and the Orangery are open as follows:

  • 10:00 - 18:00 (Monday to Sunday)

Last admission into the Palace is 17:00

From the 1st November 2012 to the 28th February 2013 the Palace, the Shop and the Orangery will close an hour earlier with last admission being at 16:00.

Please note that the Palace will be open 7 days a week all year round except for the 24th, 25th and 26th of December due to the Christmas period. The Orangery may be closed sporadically throughout the year for functions.

How to get to Kensington Palace

By Tube:There are three tube stations that are within 30 minutes walking distance of the Palace. High Street Kensington is the shortest (a 10 to 15 minute walk). To get here you can take either the Circle or District lines. Second shortest is from Queensway (10 to 15 minutes) which can be reached by taking the Central line. The furthest away is by getting off at Notting Hill Gate (20 to 25 minutes) on the Central line.

Note: Walking times will be longer for those with limited mobility

By Bus:There are various bus routes available to use to get to the Palace. These include:

  • 70, 94, 148, 390 to Bayswater Road
  • or 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, and 452 to Kensington High Street

By Coach:Coach drop off and collection is severely limited. Please call the Control Office directly on 0203 166 6199 for further information.

By Bike:Bikes may be locked to the railings on the park side located outside the Orangery. However, doing so is at the owner’s risk. Within the Gardens themselves the Palace adopts a no cycling policy.

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