Opening times

Opening times

The Front of House team at Kensington Palace

The palace is open 7 days a week all year round, except 24 - 26 December.

The Orangery is open 7 days a week all year round, but occasionally closes for functions. 

Opening hours

1 March – 31 October 2015 (summer)
Daily  10.00-18.00 
Shop and Orangery  10.00-18.00 
Last admission  17.00 


1 November 2015 – 28 February 2016 (winter)
Daily  10.00-17.00 
Shop and Orangery  10.00-17.00 
Last admission  16.00 

Exiting the Palace

Please note that from 16.00 (during the winter months) and 17.00 (during the summer months) the only exit from Kensington Gardens is via a turnstile at the Orme Square Gate, which is on the north side of the park leading onto Bayswater Road. There is no access to Kensington High Street through the park. We strongly recommend that our visitors use this road after dark as it is well lit and the park will be closed. From Bayswater road you may continue your journey by bus or by tube at Notting Hill Gate or Queensway - for further details please check our travel advice for Kensington Palace

Orangery closures

Please note that occasionally the Orangery closes early or completely for functions. These closure dates are always advertised in advance. Please check in advance before you travel.

Health and safety advice

We want your visit to be safe and enjoyable. We hope you have a day to remember for all the right reasons, so below are a few points to bear in mind when you visit one of our palaces.

  • Our palaces are very old and have many uneven surfaces, for example cobbles, worn steps, uneven steps and slopes. Please choose footwear that is comfortable and appropriate for the conditions.
  • Some surfaces may be slippery, particularly if they are wet from rain.
  • Light levels can be low in some places, so please allow sufficient time for your eyes to adjust, particularly when using stairs.
  • In some of our gardens we have steep slopes and drops from height, so please be aware of these, especially if you have children with you.
  • Where water features are present, please ensure children are supervised at all times.
  • Look out for our safety signs and follow the advice given to avoid spoiling your day.

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