A Kensington Palace tour
A Kensington Palace tour takes you through over 300 years of royal history. Members of the royal family past and present have lived in the Palace. And today it is still in use by modern royals such as Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Kent. The Palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria and where she heard the news that she had become Queen in 1837.
Fashion, art and architecture
The Palace has recently undergone a £12m refurbishment and has a new series of exhibitions and displays in the public rooms that brings royal lives to life. From eighteenth century artworks to a breathtaking display of twentieth century fashion with gowns worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. This was the Palace that Queen Victoria spent her childhood and early life. In 2019 the Palace celebrates the 200th anniversary of her birth and is currently preparing an exhibition on her life and times. A Kensington Palace tour can give insights in to the private lives of royal family over the years and reveals both the private and public life of royals in London.
A walk in the gardens
From the outside of the Palace we appreciate the architecture of Christopher Wren. Wren built the Palace for King William III and Queen Mary II at the end of the seventeenth century. The monarchs wanted a place outside of the busy central London area. Inside the Palace you can experience the furniture, style and fashion of the seventeenth century. The current exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story will be on display in the Palace until 2018. After a tour of the Palace enjoy tea in Queen Anne’s orangery in the Palace gardens and view the impressive restored sunken garden. All of this placed in the glorious setting of Kensington Gardens.
Combine your visit to the Palace with a walk through Kensington Gardens and a view of the stunning Albert Memorial. The Memorial is close to the site of the Crystal Palace exhibition of 1851 which was the idea of Albert. Or a longer stroll to see the memorial to Peter Pan or to see the collections at the nearby Victoria and Albert Museum.