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Join our Community Access Scheme

Join our Community Access Scheme

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

When

SUSPENDED

10:00-16:00

Booking information

Places are limited and in high demand. 

Please email [email protected] to book in advance.


Free (advance booking required)

Email to book a place

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

In light of recent events and the current closure of Historic Royal Palaces' sites, the Community Access Scheme has been suspended and the Group Leader Training Days have been cancelled. This web page will be updated as soon as we have any information about when the scheme will re-open.

What is the Community Access Scheme?

The Community Access Scheme (CAS) offers free entry and practical advice and support for exploring the palace to adult community groups and education providers based locally to Kensington Palace.

Who is it for?

Groups within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of Westminster, especially those who would not normally visit the palace or see it as a place of interest for them.

What does the scheme offer participating groups?

  • Free group access to the palace for one year. You will be given an entry card upon joining the scheme and you can then visit as many times as you wish. 
  • A compulsory Group Leader Training Day designed to train group leaders and adult learning tutors to lead visits for their groups to the palace.
  • Support from our Communities Team to help groups engage with the palace's stories, collections and historic spaces.
  • Opportunity to book a room in the palace to use as a community space. Please note you must give us three weeks' notice to book.
  • Discounted entry tickets for group members who return to the palace with a friend.

How can I get involved?

Group leaders must book a place on a Group Leader Training Day to discover more about the programme and get useful tips on what to do when bringing groups to Kensington Palace.

Download the palace ESOL guide

Explore the Glorious Georgians with this ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) resource.

'Glorious Georgians' ESOL Guide
Community group leaders from the Community Access Scheme photographed in from of the White Tower
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