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Private tours

Beat the crowds with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour

Beat the crowds with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour

Where stories come to life

Each year, visitors flock to Kensington Palace in their thousands to marvel at the sumptuous interiors and wander the beautiful grounds – but they’re only scratching the surface.

Over the centuries, Kensington Palace has had more than its share of tears, triumph, joy and heartache – now, you can join our expert guides on a private tour of the palace when the doors are closed to the public and the ghosts of the past come to life.

On our exclusive private tours, you and your party will get under the skin of this magnificent royal palace and the find out the real stories behind the personalities who lived here.

Private guided tours of the palace are available between 08.30 and 10.00. Tours are priced at £50 + VAT per person, based on a minimum of 10 people. 

King's and Queen's State Apartments tour

Join our expert guides on a tour of the magnificent State Apartments, where royal residents ate, drank and entertained while the cream of Georgian London jostled for patronage and prestige.

Each room has its own unique character and historical significance, and all positively overflow with architectural and artistic marvels, from the Cupola Room’s mesmerising trompe l’oeil ceiling to the Renaissance masterworks that adorn the King’s Drawing Room.

Victoria Revealed exhibition tour

Queen Victoria is without doubt one of Britain’s most iconic royals. On this exclusive tour, the story of Victoria’s long and eventful life is told through a series of personal effects – some everyday, some iconic – as well as contemporary accounts and excerpts from her extensive journals.

Together, these artefacts afford a rare insight into the complex and multifaceted woman behind the crown: formidable stateswoman, lover of the arts, devoted wife and doting mother.

Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition tour

Few royals have had such an impact on contemporary culture as Diana, Princess of Wales. This captivating exhibition charts the evolution of the Princess’s style from the demure outfits of her first public appearances to the glamour and elegance of her later life as a global style icon.

Included in the exhibition are some of Diana’s most famous outfits, from the pink Emanuel blouse she wore for her engagement portrait to the celebrated ‘Travolta dress’.

Diana: Her Fashion Story also goes beyond the dresses themselves to explore how Diana used her image to engage and inspire others and to champion the charitable causes she held so dear.

The Cupola Room in the King's State Apartments at Kensington Palace
Victoria Revealed exhibition artwork
Diana: Her Fashion Story