Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace's elegant South Front
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The feminine influence of generations of royal women has shaped this stylish palace and elegant gardens.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

1 March – 31 October 2014 (summer) Daily 10.00-18.00 Shop and Orangery 10.00-18.00 Last admission 17.00.

Admission charges

For visits 1 March 2014 - 28 February 2015

Adult £16.50
Child (under 16) Free
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Concessions
Full-time students, over 60yrs with ID £13.70

Annual membership (unlimited entry to six palaces) From £46.00

Additional info

Pushchairs can be left at the security desk in the ticket hall and baby-changing facilities are available in the toilets next to the shop. A children's menu is available in the Orangery restaurant.

Disabled access to Kensington Palace is limited as the State Apartments are on the first floor and there is no lift. Wheelchair users should be advised that access to the State Apartments will require the visitor to walk up a shallow flight of 30 steps.

However, all areas of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection are accessible by wheelchair, as is the Orangery restaurant, which has a wheelchair ramp.
There are disabled toilet facilities on the ground floor, next to the shop.

The sound guide scripts are available in written form for visitors with hearing difficulties.

Visitors with disabilities are admitted at a concessionary rate and an accompanying carer is given free entry. Please notify the admissions staff when purchasing your tickets.

There is limited disabled parking next to the Orangery. As space is restricted, it is advisable to book in advance. Please telephone +44 (0)20 7937 9561.

The Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Kensington Palace is a Designated Collection of national importance.

There are no other collections of court dress comparable to this one. The collection includes court dress fashions from the 18th and 20th centuries, as well as emphasising the role of the trades-people who made the costumes. The collection acts as an outward manifestation of the significance of royalty and governing institutions in Europe, gives insights into important events in the nation’s history, and helps to explain the complex hierarchy of courtly life.

Collection details

Social History, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Fashion Rules: Restyled exhibition at Kensington Palace

Fashion Rules: Restyled

  • 11 February 2016 — 28 February 2018 *on now

Fashion Rules: Restyled expands Kensington Palace’s glimpse into the era-defining fashion choices of three of modern history’s most stylish royals. From the ‘New Look’ glamour of Princess Margaret in the 1950s to the elegance of HM The Queen in the 1970s and the tailored drama of outfits created for Diana, Princess of Wales in the early 1990s, the display continues to explore how these women navigated the fashion ‘rules’ defined by their royal duties in unique style.

Admission

Free with a palace ticket.

Website

http://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/visit-us/top-things-to-see-and-do/fashion-rules/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

A Really Royal Palace: State Apartment Trail

http://www.hrp.org.uk/Resources/A%20really%20Royal%20PalaceJuly08.pdf

No wonder so many royals loved Kensington Palace: it's where they could do things that regal rulers really loved doing. Imagine you are a visitor to the palace with an appointment to see the King and follow our trail around the State Apartments.

How to obtain

Download this children's activity trail from our website.

Kensington Palace
Kensington Gardens
London
Greater London
W8 4PX
England

Website

Official site for Historic Royal Palaces

www.hrp.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

kensingtonpalace@hrp.org.uk

Group visit enquiries

groupsandtraveltrade@hrp.org.uk

Corporate events enquiries

events@hrp.org.uk

Media enquiries

press@hrp.org.uk

Education

kensingtoneducation@hrp.org.uk

Telephone

Information line

0844 482 7777

Booking line

0844 482 7799

Membership

0844 482 7788

Events enquiries

0844 482 7795

All information is supplied by the venues or providers themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.

Related teaching activities

Key Stage 2 History, Small project

Organisation and communication

Map a time line of the history of the building at Kensington Palace, showing how regal and historic events influenced the development of the royal residence.

Key Stage 3 Citizenship, 1 lesson

2.1 Critical thinking and enquiry

Hold a whole class discussion to debate the value of preserving historic royal palaces for future generations?

Key Stage 3 Design and Technology, Small project

1.1 Designing and making

Design a feature for the sunken garden at Kensington Palace to encourage biodiversity in the palace gardens.

Key Stage 3 English, 1-2 lessons

En3 Writing

Write a short monologue based on an historical event and the visit of a King or Queen to Kensington Palace.

Key Stage 3 English, 1-2 lessons

En3 Writing

Imagine you are a journalist writing at the end of the 19th century about the neglect of the State Apartments at Kensington Palace. Under the headline ‘a building at risk’, write an article to encourage people to restore the important buildings and save them from demolition.