Kensington Palace was purchased by King William III (1650-1702) in 1689. Princess Victoria (1819-1901) was born at Kensington Palace. Victoria succeeded to the throne in 1837, after the death of her Uncle King William IV (1765-1837). When Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace would never again serve as the seat of a reigning monarch.
Kensington Palace is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George of Cambridge and daughter Princess Charlotte.
Open: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, Shop and Orangery 10 am – 5 pm.
Price: Adult £19, Child (under 16) Free. Children must be accompanied by an Adult. Concessions Full-time students, over 60 yrs with ID £15.
Kensington Gardens are visited by millions every year. In 1702, Queen Anne succeeded to the throne (1665-1714). Anne spent £26,000 (£3.8 million today) improving the garden buildings. The Italian Gardens, Albert Memorial, Peter Pan Statue and the Serpentine Galleries are all located within its 265 acres. The gardens are also home to the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.
Open: 6 am – 6 pm.
Where is Kensington Palace? They are a 10 minute walk from Notting Hill Gate Station in zone 1. Notting Hill serves the District, Circle, Central lines.
What is nearby on foot? Holland Park 18 mins, Royal Albert Hall 12 mins, Hyde Park 11 mins, Science Museum 18 mins, Natural History Museum 16 mins, Buckingham Palace 40 mins, Trafalgar Square 55 mins.
Did you know? Prince Harry lives in a one bedroom apartment at Kensington Palace.