Your day at court

Discover what life was like in the court of George II

Discover what life was like in the court of George II

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

18 January - 03 April and 20 April - 14 May

Daily at various times

Ticketing information


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Experience the Georgian court at Kensington Palace

Delve into the hub of 18th century society at Kensington Palace where great thinkers met, musical maestros played and fashions were formed.

Will you navigate your way through political intrigue, court games and scandalous gossip to gain an audience with Queen Caroline?

With the assistance of court favourite, Lord Hervey, you can’t fail.

The Georgian Court Experience

Join an explainer on an immersive guided tour of the Georgian Court.

Discover the history and see if you can successfully navigate your way through courtly manners and gossip to have an audience with the Queen.

Weekdays
11:00 and 14:00 (45 mins). Meet in the hub (Ask a member of uniformed staff for directions).

Weekends
11:00, 14:00 and 15:15 (45 mins). Meet in White Court (Ask a member of uniformed staff for directions).

King's Gallery at Kensington Palace

Meet the Queen and her courtiers

Meet Lord Hervey and Lady Vane as they appeal to Queen Caroline for her help with two delicate matters of the heart.

Lord Hervey was Vice-Chamberlain of the Royal Household. He was best friends with Queen Caroline, a favourite of King George II, and close companion to the Prince of Wales.

Hervey’s diaries and memoires are a valuable source that enable us to explore LGBTQ+ history.

Daily
12:30 and 13:30 (20 mins) in The King's Gallery

The King’s Gallery, looking west. Showing a Tyvek figure figure representing King George II dressed in black mourning clothes following the death of his wife, Queen Caroline. Also showing part of the ceiling painting by William Kent (1725-1726), depicting 'The Travels of Ulysses'.
The Cupola Room, looking south-west. Showing a Tyvek mannequin representing a male Georgian courtier. The shadow thrown by the mannequin gives the impression of a complete person. The Cupola Room was the principal state room of the palace. Here Princess Victoria, later Queen, was christened in 1819.

Musical weekends

Enjoy some of the court’s favourite tunes, including compositions by court composer Fredrick Handel.

Weekends only
11:00, 11:45, 14:00, 15:00 (15 mins) in The Cupola Room
12:15, 13:00 (15 mins) in The King's Gallery

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

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Included in palace admission (members go free)

Queen Anne and her husband's mistress Henrietta Howard roam Kensington Palace. What secrets do these powerful women hold?
Events Late event

Experience the premiere of a unique after-hours show at Kensington Palace, created with Olivier nominated theatre company, Les Enfants Terribles.

Cancelled

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19:00, 19:30, 20:00 (each time slot lasts approximately 90 minutes)

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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

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Included in palace admission (members go free)