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