Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and holiday rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Kensington Palace

Journey though history and learn about the lives of the British Royal Family at this official London residence, set in the magnificent Kensington Gardens.

London’s Kensington Palace has been home to various members of the royal family since the 17th century. Still a working royal residence today, sections of the palace and gardens are open to visitors, providing a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of some of Britain’s most significant royals. 

Starting out as a mansion in 1605, the palace has undergone various expansions and alterations over the centuries. In more recent times Kensington Palace gained worldwide fame as the home of Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Like many of Britain’s royal residencies, parts of Kensington Palace are now open to the public. The palace is divided into four areas known as “story zones,” with guides and multimedia installations on hand to bring the past to life. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by Luminous Lace. This striking contemporary installation mimics a royal lace pattern and is crafted from miles of luminescent wire and 12,000 Swarovski crystals. 

Follow in the footsteps of past monarchs by climbing the King’s Staircase to the opulent King’s State Apartments. Then take the Queen’s Staircase to see the sumptuous furnishings and artworks in the Queens Gallery, Queen’s Drawing Room and Queen’s Bedroom. 

Visit the Fashion Rules exhibition to admire Princess Diana’s couture dress collection, as well as many belonging to Princess Margaret and the current Queen. Learn about the public and private life of one of Britain’s greatest monarchs, Queen Victoria, in Victoria Revealed. 

The Palace Gardens play a staring role as well, particularly in the warmer months. The gardens connect to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park where you’ll find the Diana Memorial Fountain.

Visit the Palace Café and Gift Shop for souvenirs and refreshments. For a treat, enjoy an elegant breakfast or decadent afternoon tea in The Orangery, which overlooks the palace grounds.

Kensington Palace is centrally located in Chelsea and is an easy walk from several Tube stations. The palace is open year-round 7 days a week, except for a few days around the Christmas holiday and the end of January. Ticket prices include access to the palace, gardens and exhibitions. 


Guide to Exploring Kensington Palace


Top Hotel Deals

See all 17,418 Properties near Kensington Palace
Merit Kensington Hotel £50
Merit Kensington Hotel

Merit Kensington Hotel

12 Penywern Road, Earls Court, London, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in London City Centre, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Stamford Bridge Stadium and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Hyde Park. Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus are also within 6 mi (10 km). Earl's Court Station is only a 3-minute walk and West Brompton Underground Station is 6 minutes.

    Royal Garden Hotel
    Royal Garden Hotel

    Royal Garden Hotel

    2-24 Kensington High Street, London, England
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus are also within 3 mi (5 km). High Street Kensington Station is only a 4-minute walk and Gloucester Road Underground Station is 13 minutes.

      MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park - Hostel £36
      MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park - Hostel

      MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park - Hostel

      Baden-Powell House, 65-67 Queens Gate, London, England
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in London City Centre, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Kensington High Street. Imperial College London and Kensington Gardens are also within 10 minutes. Gloucester Road Underground Station is only a 4-minute walk and South Kensington Underground Station is 7 minutes.

        Grand Royale London Hyde Park £65
        Grand Royale London Hyde Park

        Grand Royale London Hyde Park

        1-9 Inverness Terrace, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in London City Centre, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Queensway and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are also within 15 minutes. Queensway Underground Station and Bayswater Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Brit Hotels London Court £48
          Brit Hotels London Court

          Brit Hotels London Court

          194-196 Earls Court Road, London, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kensington High Street, Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace and Victoria and Albert Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Earl's Court Station is only a 5-minute walk and West Brompton Underground Station is 9 minutes.

            DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Hyde Park £94
            DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Hyde Park

            DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Hyde Park

            150 Bayswater Road, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Portobello Road Market. Hyde Park and Royal Albert Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

              Queens Park Hotel £38
              Queens Park Hotel

              Queens Park Hotel

              48 Queensborough Terrace, London, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Queensway. Hyde Park and Kensington Palace are also within 15 minutes. Queensway Underground Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bayswater Underground Station is 6 minutes.

                Corus Hyde Park Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western £65
                Corus Hyde Park Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

                Corus Hyde Park Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

                Lancaster Gate, London, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Queensway and Kensington Palace are also within 1 mile (2 km). Lancaster Gate Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Paddington Underground Station is 8 minutes.