The Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition will be closed between 16 to 25 April 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience. More info

Garden History Tours


  • Start date: 02 June 2018
  • End date: 30 June 2018


The tours take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 12.00 and 14.00 throughout June 

Meeting Point: The Queen Victoria Statue, Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens (opposite Kensington Palace and the Round Pond) 


Follow one of our volunteers on an award-winning* walking tour of the garden surrounding Kensington Palace and explore the diverse history and development of the gardens. 

These tours will bring a host of intriguing and surprising stories of the gardens to life; who kept wild animals in the grounds?  Who created the magnificent statue of Queen Victoria? And who made the iconic golden gates?

These FREE tours will allow you to get up close and personal to the magnificent statue of Queen Victoria, admire the iconic Gold Gates and pause and reflect by the enchanting Sunken Garden, the planting of which takes inspiration from the dresses of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Please note

  • These tours are not botanical tours and will explore the history of the gardens.
  • The tours may be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions – you may wish to bring an umbrella, water, sunhat or all three!
  • The tour does not include access to Kensington Palace. If you would like to purchase an admission ticket, please visit the ticket page here.

* The volunteers won the Highly Commended award in Bringing Innovations at the London Volunteers in Museum Awards 2012

Explore what's on

Illustration of a young girl and a blue and yellow dragon with Kew Pagoda in the background on a wall in an exhibition space

2018 sees the arrival of dragons to Kew Gardens! Find out more in the fantastic new Here Be Dragons exhibition located next to Kew Palace.

Included in Kew Gardens admission ticket

Kew Palace

Events Families

Kensington Gardens are well renowned for their beauty - find out more about the especially intriguing Sunken Garden that was planted in 1908.

Open daily

Kensington Palace

Highlights Things to see

Experience the recreated Kitchen Garden, which would have fed the Georgian royals and now supply Henry VIII's Kitchens.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Things to see

Browse more history and stories

Luxury Rabbit Doorstop

Rabbit doorstop

The sitting rabbit doorstop is a handsome fellow made out of luxurious beige fabric with silk trim - he is definitely more than a doorstop as his appealing looks are sure to guarantee him the best room in the house!


Sitting hare garden ornament

Sitting hare garden ornament

This inquisitive little hare will add character to your home and garden. With a traditional bronze effect finish, and inspired by classical bronze sculptures, this miniature hare will add narrative to your garden.


Designed exclusively for Historic Royal Palaces as part of the Enlightened Princesses exhibition at Kensington Palace. This luxury butterfly paper folding fan is based on an original fan in the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection at Historic Royal Palaces.

Luxury cream butterfly folding hand fan

This luxury butterfly paper folding fan is based on an original fan in the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection at Historic Royal Palaces dated c. 1870-1890.