Kensington Palace

Discover the home of the young royals

Discover the home of the young royals

Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement

The Queen's State Apartments will be closed until 31 March 2020. Learn more here.

Explore the birthplace of Queen Victoria and home to young royals for over 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms, the magnificent King's State Apartments and the famous Sunken Garden.

Your day out at Kensington Palace

Explore the home of Queen Victoria, William III, Mary II and Queen Anne. Save time, book online (members go free).

Lord Boston's coat and full dress second-class uniform. Wool with metal embroidery. Worn by George Irby, Lord Boston.

A History of Royal Fashion: Online course

Want to take a peek into the wardrobes of the kings and queens of the past?

With exclusive access to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, this free online course from Historic Royal Palaces & the University of Glasgow explores clothing from the Tudors to the Windsors.

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Full-length, standing, facing the viewer, head turned half to the right, wearing a white dress with a diaphanous blue wrap, holding a posie of flowers in her right hand; beside a path in a parkland setting, with Kensington Palace in the distance, on the right.
Things to see Highlights

Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace.

Daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales red Jasper Conran suit for Designing for a Princess exhibition at Kensington Palace.
Things to see

View an exquisite piece from the wardrobe of Diana, Princess of Wales alongside original sketches created for her during the design process.

Until 26 April 2020

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Highlights Things to see

Wander through the lavish rooms of the King's State Apartments, each one grander than the last, at Kensington Palace.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Detail of the King's Staircase at Kensington Palace showing members of King George I's court.
Highlights

Meet Queen Caroline and her courtiers at Kensington Palace and delve into the hub of 18th century society.

18 January - 03 April and 20 April - 14 May

Kensington Palace

Daily at various times

Included in palace admission (members go free)

A tour guide in red uniform shows visitors around the King's Staircase at Kensington Palace
Tours and talks

Learn more about the royals who have made Kensington Palace their home during one of our intro talks, or take a tour with an expert guide.

Daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

More about Kensington Palace

Photograph of Kensington Palace from the East Front garden with Queen Victoria's statue.

Members go free

Escape to the past whenever you want when you join us today.

Enjoy unlimited adventures at our palaces, a 10% discount in our shops and cafés, and exclusive events when you become a member of Historic Royal Palaces.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are given a tour of the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

Modern royals at Kensington Palace

As well as being a popular visitor destination, Kensington Palace is the official residence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. 

Painting of Princess Victoria and her Favourite Dog showing Queen Victoria as a young girl poised in front of a large window decorated with red curtains in front of a blue sky

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria grew up at Kensington Palace. She became queen aged 18 and ruled for 63 years.

Support us

We are a charity and there are several ways you can support us.

Make a donation

Help us to conserve these historic buildings, ensuring they are here for future generations to enjoy. We raise all our own funds and depend on your support.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers support the palaces in many different ways. See what roles we have available and register your interest.

Lucy Worsley, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, speaks at a reception

Become a patron

Step closer to history and join us for unique and amazing events as a patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

Tracey Tooley investigating Hampton Court Palace with Tudor figures from history.

Five brilliant history resources for home schooling

Discover curriculum-linked history resources for all Key Stages that will keep your kids learning about the Tudors, Victorians and more while you're staying home together.