Discover the real Victoria

Made in Kensington

Made in Kensington

The East Front after Kensington Palace renovations. Looking west towards the statue of Queen Victoria (installed 1893), 22 March 2012.

Part of the Kensington Palace project, ‘Welcome to Kensington - a palace for everyone’ an undertaking over two years (2010-12) of major refurbishments (renovation) at Kensington, including new gardens.

Explore two new exhibitions opening on 24 May 2019 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth at Kensington Palace.

Exhibitions and events

Discover a different perspective on the life and legacy of one of our most famous monarchs.

Portrait of Queen Victoria on a green background
Things to see Highlights

Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in this major new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Daily from 24 May 2019

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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 from 24 May 2019

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria in the ITV series.
Events Tours and talks

Join Jenna Coleman, star of ITV's Victoria, as she reads from the diaries of the young Queen Victoria at this very special event at Kensington Palace.

09 June 2019

Kensington Palace

18:30

Separate ticket (advanced booking required)

Explore Victoria's childhood home

Young girl meeting a costume interpreter dressed as a young Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace
Families

Meet the teenage Victoria this May half term and discover what it was like growing up to be Queen.

25 May - 02 June 2019

Kensington Palace

Drop in 11:00-17:00

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)

A large four poster bed covered in detailed period fabric, in a bedroom covered in dark green wall decor
Things to see

Explore the beautiful private rooms at Kensington Palace where Mary II once took her meals, relaxed and entertained.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The bright red walls and hanging art in the King's Gallery at Kensington Palace
Things to see

Explore the King's Gallery, which was transformed by William Kent to showcase the finest paintings of the Royal Collection.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The staircase was painted by William Kent and completed in 1724. The walls depicts an elaborate arcaded gallery with figures behind a balustrade. Many are identifiable as members of King George I's court. The wrought iron balustrade is by Jean Tijou
Things to see Highlights

Discover the intriguing and unexpected characters depicted on the grand entrance to the King's State Apartments.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The gate of the Sunken Garden woven with plants and flowers at Kensington Palace under a partially cloudy sky
Highlights Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of royalty in the beautiful Kensington Palace gardens, including the intriguing Sunken Garden.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Free

An artist character stood painting in Kensington Palace
Families

Meet a character from history, explore the palace, complete challenges and win a badge in your digital mission.

Daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Families

Your adventure awaits! Explore Kensington Palace together with one of our activity trails or try a digital mission.

Daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Mary of Modena bed in the Queen's Bedroom at Kensington Palace
Tours and talks

Helping blind or partially sighted visitors enjoy more of Kensington Palace, describer tours are available to book at no extra cost.

Selected dates - advance booking required

Kensington Palace

10:00 and 15:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Queen's Drawing Room, looking north through the doorway along the red-carpeted enfilade.
Tours and talks

Enjoy more of Kensington Palace by joining a British Sign Language (BSL) tour at no extra cost.

Selected dates - advance booking required

Kensington Palace

Free with palace ticket (advanced booking required)

Book tickets online

Save time by booking your Kensington Palace admission tickets online before your visit.

Book tickets now

Our supporters

Discover more

The East Front after Kensington Palace renovations. Looking west towards the statue of Queen Victoria (installed 1893), 22 March 2012.

Part of the Kensington Palace project, ‘Welcome to Kensington - a palace for everyone’ an undertaking over two years (2010-12) of major refurbishments (renovation) at Kensington, including new gardens.

Blog: Victoria’s visit to her childhood home at Kensington

Learn about Queen Victoria's visit to Kensington Palace, the 'dear old palace', in May 1899. 

The Queen's Drawing Room, showing detail of an open music score.

Brass Revolution!

Experience 200 years of brass in this fun show at a new free festival on Exhibition Road, South Kensington.