Why See Kensington Palace?
Be charmed by the most stylish of royal palaces
One of the country's most beautiful Royal residences, Kensington Palace is synonymous with the generations of stylish royal women who have called it their home: where Queen Victoria was born and raised; Queens Mary, Anne and Caroline held court; and the royal style icons Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales lived in the 20th century.
First built in 1605 it was the desire to escape the metropolis of London that drew William and Mary to purchase the palace in 1689 shortly after they took the throne. Enlisting noted St Paul's Cathedral Architect Christopher Wren, the building soon took on the facade we still see today.
In the late 19th century much of the palace was in disrepair and it was decided to open some of the state room as a tourist attraction to restore the building to its former glory. Opening on Queen Victoria's birthday in May 1899, the exhibition drew many interested members of the public, eager to see a glimpse of Royal living.
Today you can expect to see fascinating displays of Royal memorabilia including luscious antique furniture, rich gowns and sparkling jewels, alongside some of the Queen's favourite paintings and sculpture from the venerated Royal Collection. Also recommended is a stroll in the magnifent gardens, which blooms from Spring - Autumn
New for this year - Diana: Her Fashion Story
Celebrate the impeccable style of The People's Princess with this special exhibit of some of her most famous fashion choices.
Did you know?
Still a working Royal residence, Kensington is home to Harry, Wills, Kate and the kids, make sure to give them a wave!
Opening night: 1 January 2011
And before you stop reading
1 November 2016 – 28 February 2017 (winter) Daily 10.00-16.00 Shop and Orangery 10.00-16.00 Last admission 15.00 1 March 2016 – 31 October 2016 (summer) Daily 10.00-18.00 Shop and Orangery 10.00-18.00 Last admission 17.00
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