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When

  • 01 January - 31 December 2017
Open daily

Ticketing info

Included in palace admission

A striking residence for art

The largest and longest of the state apartments at Kensington Palace, the King's Gallery, looks almost exactly as it did when it was transformed for King George I in 1725.

Red damask, fine oak joinery, a new marble chimneypiece, carved overmantel and new door cases were inserted by William Kent. Kent and his assistants also painted the seven large ceiling canvases which show scenes from the life of Ulysses.

The King's Gallery was used for exercise as well as displaying pictures. At the east end, it is dominated by a copy of van Dyck’s noble portrait of Charles I on horseback.

Secrets of the King's Gallery at Kensington Palace

The gallery was built for William III as an addition to Sir Christopher Wren's original design. It was hung with green velvet and William would meet with his spies and plan military campaigns here.

This room saw many intimate moments. It was here that William played soldiers with his little nephew and intended heir, the Duke of Gloucester. It was also here that the King died from pneumonia after falling from his horse at Hampton Court Palace.

Staying one step ahead

The dial positioned over the gallery's fireplace was connected to a wind vane on the roof. This enabled King William to see which way the wind was blowing, where his navy was likely to be heading and when the posts were likely to arrive. Incredibly, it is still in working order today.

I particularly like the way the map on the wind dial rather arrogantly shows Great Britain the same size of France. That was wishful thinking – of course it’s much smaller!

Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator

Come to this exclusive family event with the English National Ballet and the Science Museum.

18 August - 20 August 2017

Kensington Palace

1 hour 15 minutes

A new play, written for Hampton Court Palace by Sarah Dickenson and directed by Jo McInnes.

Daytime: Thu to Mon until 21 Aug 2017. Evening: 28, 29, 31 Aug & 1 Sep 2017

Hampton Court Palace

Daytime 11.00 & 14.45. Evening 19.30

Fun filled activity days for families the last Saturday of every month.

30 September, 28 October, 25 November, 16 December

Kensington Palace
The perfect dress up, your little princess can glide around like a Georgian Princess with this pretty princess fancy dress.

Princess Charlotte Georgian dress up costume

The perfect dress up, your little princess can glide around like a Georgian Princess with this pretty princess fancy dress.

£35.00

History with the horrible bits left in. Learn all about the 'Gorgeous Georgians' with Terry Deary's Horrible Histories.

Horrible Histories: Gorgeous Georgians

History with the horrible bits left in. Learn all about the 'Gorgeous Georgians' with Terry Deary's Horrible Histories.

£5.99

Why was George I called the ‘Turnip King’? Did George IV really loathe his wife? Fascinating facts about Georgian history.

A really useful guide to the Georgians

Why was George I called the ‘Turnip King’? Did George IV really loathe his wife? Fascinating facts about Georgian history.

£8.99