The feminine influence of generations of royal women has shaped this stylish palace and elegant gardens.
Historic house or home
1 March – 31 October 2014 (summer) Daily 10.00-18.00 Shop and Orangery 10.00-18.00 Last admission 17.00.
For visits 1 March 2014 - 28 February 2015
Child (under 16) Free
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Full-time students, over 60yrs with ID £13.70
Annual membership (unlimited entry to six palaces) From £46.00
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.
Social History, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
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.
Free with a palace ticket.
A Really Royal Palace: State Apartment Trail
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.
Official site for Historic Royal Palaces
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