There is level access from Kensington Gardens to the palace, a lift to all floors, wheelchairs and portable seating to borrow during your visit. We also have developed new Describer Tours for blind and partially sighted visitors and will have a Braille leaflet available and we facilitate British Sign Language Tours.
Please be aware The King’s State Apartments will be closed from Monday 17 March to Wednesday 16 April inclusive as we prepare an exciting new display of these dazzling rooms to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the accession of George I to the throne, and the beginning of the House of Hanover. Due to the location of this work, there will be no level access to The Queen's State Apartments until Thursday 17 April. The other areas of Kensington Palace remain open to visitors.
Tickets and prices for disabled visitors
Visitors who are registered disabled pay the adult price unless they are OAPs or students in which case they pay the concession price. One accompanying carer enjoys complimentary entry.
With level access from Kensington Gardens and all three floors of Kensington Palace being accessible via our new visitor lift, wheelchair users will be able to enjoy a complete visit to Kensington Palace. Manual wheelchairs are available to use on a first come, first served basis and cannot be booked in advance - please ask our Welcome Team on arrival. Please note that for health and safety reasons, staff are unable to assist in carrying wheelchairs or pushchairs, although our staff and volunteers will always do everything they can to help you get the most from your visit.
There is no level access to The King's State Apartments and The Queen's State Apartments as we prepare an exciting new display of The King's State Apartments, which will open on Thursday 17 April. A concession disabled ticket price will be offered to reflect the reduced access during this time.
Visitors with limited mobility
Seating: In addition to the visitor lift, we have been careful to provide many opportunities to sit down, both in the State Apartments and exhibitions and in the entrance rooms. Portable seating is available on a first come first served basis and cannot be booked in advance - please ask our Welcome Team on arrival.
Electric buggy in Kensington Gardens: Liberty Drives is an initiative by The Hyde Park Appeal to provide free mobility for anyone who finds it difficult to see all 760 acres of these beautiful parks, including Kensington Gardens within which Kensington Palace is situated. Electric buggies capable of seating up to five people and one wheelchair glide around the parks providing half hour rides. It is also possible to be dropped off at a favourite place and be picked up later. Operating times are 10.00 - 17.00, Tuesday - Friday, between May and October. To arrange pick up or for enquiries call 07767 498096.
Deaf and hard of hearing visitors
We are pleased to facilitate British Sign Language tours of either the King's and Queen's State Apartments, or Victoria Revealed, for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. We recommend choosing one per visit as they will take around 1.5 to 2 hours. Tours can be arranged between 10.00 and 15.00 and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. There is no additional charge for a British Sign Language tour. Find out how to book BSL tours.
Blind and partially sighted visitors
We are pleased to offer Describer Tours led by our Explainers of either the King's Apartments or the Victoria Revealed exhibition to blind and partially sighted visitors. We recommend choosing one of these per visit as they will take around 1.5 to 2 hours. Tours can be arranged between 10.00 and 15.00 and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. There is no additional charge for a Describer Tour. Find out how to book Describer tours.
Braille leaflet: an orientation leaflet is available in Braille
Orientation and graphics
All visitors are able to pick up an orientation leaflet entitled 'Access', with a map showing the four routes to choose from and highlights to look out for, plus advice on accessibility in these areas. Do ask any of the staff for this leaflet on arrival.
Male, female and disabled toilets are provided both within the new cafe and inside the palace itself.
Disabled parking and taxis
There is limited disabled parking for Blue Badge holders next to the Orangery. Spaces are limited and it is necessary to book in advance by calling +44 (0)20 3166 6199. Please note that during winter months cars need to be off site by 16.00 due to park closure.
Taxis can also drop off visitors at the Orangery and Palace but please be aware that there is not yet a specific setting-down point for disabled passengers. The Orangery restaurant has an access ramp. Taxis booked in advance by customers to pick them up after their visit will be allowed access to the grounds.