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Explore the 17th century palace that was home to young royals for over 300 years.

  Kensington Gardens, London
Queensway Underground station

Indulge in the ultimate getaway with a serene overnight stay at a local hotel, complete with a delightful breakfast to kickstart your day!

Kensington Palace unveils a palace of secret stories and public lives. Arrive through stunning landscaped gardens and be greeted by a statue of one of Kensington Palace's most famous residents, Queen Victoria. Walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens as you venture through the elegant state apartments.

Filled with stories of two royal courts; the Stuarts and the Hanoverians, step back in time as you discover what you would have worn, how you would have had to behave and how to navigate the heady atmosphere of court at Kensington Palace.

What's included with this Kensington Palace package?
  •   Tickets to Kensington Palace
  •   Nearby hotel stay in London
  •   Complimentary hotel breakfast
  •   Untold Lives Exhibition
  •   Entry to The Jewel Room
  •   Entry to The King's Gallery
  •   Walking routes around The Palace Gardens and The Sunken Garden

Venture through the childhood rooms of Queen Victoria in our Victoria: A Royal Childhood permanent exhibition and discover the princess's education, family life, friendships and bitter struggles during her life under the strict "Kensington System".

In March 2024, Kensington Palace will unveil a new exhibition, Untold Lives: A palace at work, telling the stories of the forgotten individuals who have worked behind the scenes at the Palace over the centuries. It will explore their origins and identities, extraordinary skills, and the intimate roles many of them had in keeping the palaces running. Taking place inside the Pigott Gallery, this temporary exhibition will see a range of fascinating objects go on display, from portraiture to personal mementoes.

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Take a royal journey through time as you stroll around the historic grounds that have welcomed young royals for over three centuries, including Queen Victoria herself. Your admission ticket is your key to unlocking these treasures:

🎟 Tickets for Kensington Palace
⭐  3, 4 or 5-star hotel stay
🍽  A delicious breakfast
💂 Iconic Landmark
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A grand room in Kensington Palace with red walls, a large tapestry, and a gilded ceiling. A statue of Queen Victoria in front of Kensington Palace, with clear skies and the palace's classical architecture in the background. Kensington Palace viewed across a field of blooming daffodils, under a tree with bare branches. The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, with vibrant flower beds and topiaries surrounding a rectangular pond. A water feature in front of Kensington Palace, with visitors walking in the background on an overcast day.

Handpicked hotels for your short break

Once you have enjoyed the splendour of Kensington Palace and soaked up the history it's time to get your head down for a restful sleep. With our Kensington Palace and hotel package you can retire to a nearby hotel where you'll find a comfy bed for some well-earned sleep. Our hotels are perfect whether you are travelling solo, with family or friends, and they're great for the budget conscious. Make your visit to Kensington Palace into a short break by choosing one of our fantastic nearby hotels.

    Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

    Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

    0.5 miles from Kensington Palace
    Breakfast included
    3 on-site restaurants
    Short walk to High Street Kensington station

    With a choice of 3 restaurants, a cafe, 2 bars and afternoon tea, the Copthorne Tara hotel is perfect for the foodies! On top of this you'll find a fitness room to work off some of the delicious food.

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    Lancaster Gate Hotel

    Lancaster Gate Hotel

    0.5 miles from Kensington Palace.
    Breakfast included
    On-site fitness
    Short walk to Lancaster Gate Station

    Just a 1 minute walk from the beautiful Hyde Park, the Lancaster Gate hotel is perfectly placed for a delightful overnight stay in London after enjoying the rich history of Kensington Palace.

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    St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

    Hilton Kensington

    1.4 miles from Kensington Palace
    Breakfast included
    On-site restaurant
    Short walk to Holland Park Station

    With air conditioning, a sauna, fitness centre and on-site restaurant the Hilton Kensington has everything you need for the perfect overnight stay.

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Discover the best of London

Why not extend your stay and explore the capital's endless options of things to do, promising an unforgettable city break.

Bars & Restaurants

Dive into London's buzzing bar and restaurant scene during your short break for an unforgettable experience.

From Michelin stars to hidden gems, explore a dynamic dining scene that's as vibrant as the city itself. Hit up lively street food markets or raise your glass at historic pubs and hidden speakeasies.


London's streets are your playground for retail therapy.

From world-famous shopping districts to hidden boutiques, you'll find everything your heart desires and more. Shop the latest trends on Oxford Street, venture into a haven of boutiques at Covent Garden, and step into quirky shops and markets in Shoreditch.

Parks and Gardens

Escape the hustle and bustle during your short break and step into the beauty of London's parks and gardens.

Explore Hyde Park's open spaces, stroll through the enchanting Kew Gardens, and find tranquillity in Regent's Park. And here's a thought – why not enjoy a leisurely picnic while you're there?


Collect selfies while you soak in the city's charisma and history.

Stand before the majestic Big Ben, stroll across the iconic Tower Bridge, watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and witness the modern marvel of the Shard.

5 fascinating Kensington Palace Facts

👑 Royal Births and Pop Icons: Kensington Palace is not only the birthplace of Queen Victoria in 1819 but also played a unique role in pop culture as a filming location for a Spice Girls music video in 1996.

👑 Secret Tunnels: Did you know that hidden beneath the palace are secret tunnels, one leading directly to the Royal Albert Hall.

👑 Fashion Forward: Kensington Palace is a fashionista's dream, home to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, with items dating back to the 18th century.

👑 Sunken Garden Elegance: Designed in 1908, the Sunken Garden is a peaceful retreat, also the backdrop for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement announcement.

👑 A Royal Wildlife Haven: Kensington Palace is a sanctuary for native wildlife. The palace gardens are not just a backdrop for royal leisure but serve as a conservation area for a variety of bird species and a haven for the London honeybee population.

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Kensington Palace FAQs

What's included in a Kensington Palace short break package?

Dive into the heart of royal history with our curated Kensington Palace short break package. Enjoy tickets to the palace, where centuries of stories await behind every door, and after a day of exploration, unwind in a handpicked hotel nearby, where a cosy bed and a hearty breakfast for the next morning are all part of the deal. It's your royal adventure.

When's the best time to visit Kensington Palace?

Kensington Palace is a gem all year round, but if you fancy strolling through gardens in full bloom or enjoying longer, sunnier days, spring and summer are your go-to seasons. Prefer a quieter visit? Autumn and winter offer a more serene palace experience, with the added charm of festive decorations. Whatever the season, our package ensures you'll have a splendid time.

Are there any dining options at Kensington Palace?

Yes! Enhance your royal retreat with a spot of dining right in the heart of the palace. The Orangery offers a selection of delightful teas and exquisite cakes. For something more casual, the palace café serves up tasty bites and refreshments. It's the ideal way to dine like royalty, without the need for a crown.

What tube station is near Kensington Palace?

Kensington Palace is most conveniently accessed via the High Street Kensington tube station, which is a short stroll away from the palace gates. This station serves the District and Circle lines, making it easily reachable from various parts of London.

Who currently lives at Kensington Palace?

Currently, Kensington Palace serves as both the London offices and residences for The Prince and Princess of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.