The Imperial Kensington Palace

Located in the Kensington Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, Kensington Palace is a royal residence where members of the British Royal Family have been staying since the 17th century. Queen Victoria and Princess Diana once stayed at the palace and it is now the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. The Royal Palace has now thrown open its doors to its State Rooms for the public to see the various aspects of Royal living and the museum that displays various items. In order to enjoy a relaxing day at the Kensington Gardens and to take a tour of the Kensington Palace, it will be most convenient to stay in hotel near Kensington Palace.

Hotels near Kensington Palace

There are many hotels of different categories in the vicinity of the palace, catering to the accommodation needs of visitors with different needs and budgets. However, one of the most ideal places to stay is Park Grand London Kensington. The other hotels near Kensington Palace include Central Park Hotel, Ambassadors Hotel, The Rembrandt Hotel, London Town Hotel, Hotel Henry VIII, Grand Royale London Hyde Park, Holiday Inn London Kensington and many more.

Tours of the Palace

While staying at a hotel near Kensington Palace, guests can take a tour of Kensington Palace and see hundreds of objects including 18th century costumes and dresses worn by Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary. The State Rooms were renovated and reopened in 2012.  Visitors can choose four different routes throughout the palace that offer exhibits incorporating cutting-edge digital presentations, interactive experiences, and even audio sequences that bring to life the gatherings of gowns, antique furniture, and other memorabilia of notable residents of the palace.

Opening and Closing Times

The opening time is 10am and the closing time is 6pm. The palace is open Monday through Sunday. The Shop and Orangery are also open during the same times and the last admission is at 5pm.

Ticket Information

The cost of the ticket includes access to the palace, gardens and exhibitions including Fashion Rules and Victoria Revealed. For visits during the period 1 March 2014 – 28 February 2015, the price of a ticket for an adult is £16.50 at the gate and £15.40, if bought online. Children under 16 accompanied by an adult can get free entry. Full time students and people over 60 years with ID can get a concessional ticket that costs £13.70 at the gate and £12.54, if bought online. The annual membership with unlimited entry to six palaces is from £46.

Queen Victoria’s Sculpture

The majestic sculpture of Queen Victoria, who was born in Kensington Palace, stands on the Broad Walk of Kensington Gardens. It appears that she is presiding over what is happening at the Broad Walk. The sculpture depicts an 18-year old Queen Victoria in her coronation robes at the public entrance to Kensington Palace. It was sculpted by her daughter Princess Louise and presented by the Kensington Golden Jubilee Executive Committee in 1893.

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