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Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was the main residence of the royal family from the 1690s until the 1830s, when the court moved to Buckingham Palace.

Kensington Palace has seen a number of important royal events. In June 1837, Princess Victoria of Kent was woken to be told that her uncle William IV had died and she was now queen – the start of her 64-year reign. After the death of Princess Diana in 1997, mourners turned the gates into a field of bouquets.

Half the palace still holds royal apartments, but the rest is open to the public. Highlights include the 18thcentury state rooms with ceilings and murals by William Kent, along with the King’s Staircase.

Kensington Gardens.
The former grounds of Kensington Palace became a public park in 1841. They contain three great attractions for children: the innovative Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, the bronze statue of J M Barrie’s fictional Peter Pen, and the Round Pond, where people sail model boats. Also worth seeing in the Orangery, once used by Queen Anna as “a summer super house”, and now an elegant café.

Experience gallery



At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    Kensington Gdns W8, London
  • Underground

    High St Kensington, Queensway

"Was the main residence of the royal family before Buckingham Palace."

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