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London: Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets

1. London: Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets

Experience London’s Kensington Palace, a place of secret stories and public lives. You will need approximately 90-minutes to see the beautiful palace apartments. Explore the sumptuous state apartments that will lift the curtain on the lives of its resident royals, including William III, Mary II, Queen Anne and Anne's son William, the last member of the Stuart dynasty.  Learn of their momentous lives and discover their sometimes heart-rending secrets. Take in the most breathtaking examples of architect and painter William Kent in the Cupola Room and King’s Grand Staircase. See the flamboyant examples of 18th-century court dress and artworks from the Royal Collection, and much more.

London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

2. London: Kensington Palace Gardens Tour with Royal High Tea

Meet your guide at the meeting point and walk to the iconic Kensington Palace. On a guided tour of the palace’s gardens, walk around the immaculately-maintained grounds where you will be given interesting insights into the history of the royal family and Britain's most beloved drink: tea.  Kensington Palace is most well known for being home to members of the British royal family like Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and now Prince William and Kate Middleton (along with Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte).  See the famous Sunken Garden before ending the walk with an indulgent high tea in the breathtaking surroundings of Kensington Palace Pavilion. You will be served a selection of afternoon tea sandwiches which include classics such as egg mayonnaise and cress, smoked salmon and cream cheese, roast ham and English mustard, and cucumber and fresh mint. Taste traditional scones made with Welsh butter filled with cream and jam and a selection of fine afternoon tea cakes.

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

3. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • The Royal Mews • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Curzon Bloomsbury • Curzon Mayfair Cinema • Curzon Soho Cinema • Swingers Crazy Golf (City and West End venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • Fuller's Brewery Tour • 20+ London Sights and enoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours • Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • London Bicycle Hire • Brit Movie Tours • QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

4. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a selection of tickets and routes. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10 AM – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) City of London Past to Present– 1 PM – Stop 15 (St Paul's Cathedral) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 17 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Deluxe Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 2 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. River Cruise Classic, Premium & Deluxe tickets includes a river cruise from Tower of London to Westminster in either direction. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 06:00 PM from bus stop 12 at The London Eye.

London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

5. London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

Discover the Royal Family's palaces and experience the original Royal English Tea with traditional sandwiches, cakes, and scones on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Stroll to St. James Palace, Buckingham Palace, and catch a cab to Albert Hall. Take a moment a Buckingham Palace, the main Royal Residence in London, and try and witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Catch a glimpse of the Queen's Bodyguard: the mounted Queens Life Guard Soldiers. Jump in an iconic Black Cab and head to Albert Hall. See the Albert Memorial and leisurely stroll in Kensington Gardens. Soak in the beautiful gardens Prince Albert created for his wife Queen Victoria and find where Prince Harry and William grew up. Experience the full splendor of High Tea in a breathtaking landmark and gain personal insights into our royal family and the fascinating history of our national drink during the ceremony of afternoon tea.

London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

6. London: Westminster Walking Tour and Kensington Palace Visit

Explore 30 of London's most incredible sights on this attraction-packed historical walking tour that takes you through some of the city's most famous neighborhoods. Listen to your guide as they tell you stories of the history, culture, and legends of England's capital city. Start your tour in the beautiful royal parks and then head on to Buckingham Palace where you can watch the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Later, marvel at the architecture of Westminster Abbey, peer into Downing Street and visit the bustling Trafalgar Square. Journey past historical Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and then onto London Bridge to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Shard, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and the Tower of London. After all of this, head to Kensington Palace, which has been home to several young royals over the last 300 years. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in Victoria's re-imagined childhood rooms and the magnificent King's State Apartments. Afterward, enjoy a stroll through the famous Sunken Garden.

London: Evening Bike Tour to London Landmarks

7. London: Evening Bike Tour to London Landmarks

Enjoy a guided bike tour through the heart of London in the evening. Ride your bike through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, admiring Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. Cycle into Trafalgar Square, past Buckingham Palace, and take a break at Parliament Hill. Make your way to the bike rental garage next to Queensway tube station and get on your bike. Cycle through Kensington Gardens, admiring this peaceful green space in the heart of London, making stops at Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. Cross through the gardens into Hyde Park, seeing the lake and watching people rollerskate along the wide paths. Reach Hyde Park Corner and view Apsley House, the townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington. Pass by Buckingham Palace into Trafalgar Square and dismount for a guided walk along Downing Street. Take a break at Parliament Square, relaxing with views of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben. On your way back, cycle through St. James Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens to arrive at the meeting point where you started.

Royal London Walking Tour

8. Royal London Walking Tour

Your local guide will meet either meet you at your hotel or at the tour starting point of St. James Park Underground Station. The walk starts by heading to St James’ Park, built by King Henry VIII and so the oldest Royal Park in London. The park is renowned for its wonderful variety of birds that live in and around the lake. Next up you will visit the first of several Royal Palaces and walk a short distance to St. James’ Palace. This old palace used to be the residence of the monarch until 1837. These days it is occupied by Prince Charles, the Duchess of York and Prince Harry. From here you will walk along Londons primary ceremonial road, The Mall which leads to Buckingham Palace but before you get to the home of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, you will see Clarence House, a home with a lengthy Royal history that for many decades was the residence of the Queen Mother. There is no avoiding the magnificent Buckingham Palace and you will stop here for a while to take some wonderful photos as you learn a little about the history of the palace and The Queen before you continue past the Royal Mews. Time to move on from this particular part of London, you head over to another Royal Park, Green Park and along Constitution Hill to a number of marvelous memorials and a fabulous monumental Arch with the largest bronze statue in Europe sat atop. After stopping at Number 1 London, an actual address of a great house that once belonged to the Duke of Wellington, you enter Hyde Park. When in the middle of Hyde Park you can almost forget that you are in the middle of London with is acres of parkland, meadows, lakes and thousands of trees. It is little wonder that it was once a Royal hunting ground. You will visit the beautiful Serpentine before visiting the Princess Diana Memorial. Going back 150 years further you go on a little further to see the magnificent Prince Albert Memorial and neighboring Royal Hall before you finish this private guided tour passing through Kensington Gardens at the front gates of Kensington Palace, official London Royal residency of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Royal London Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Black Taxi

9. Royal London Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Black Taxi

Immerse yourself in a world of kings, queens, coronations, royal weddings and funerals, and jubilee celebrations on this full-day tour by iconic black cab. Your driver/guide will explain the 1,000-year history of the British monarchy and give you a behind the scenes look at the current Royal Family. Discover the significance of the Changing of the Guard, who lives in which palace, and where the royals shop. See statues of Henry VIII and Alfred the Great, memorials to Diana, Prince Albert and George VI. Marvel at the homes and palaces where the royals have lived and still live. Follow in the footsteps of the current Queen, from where she was born to her present day role. Even your lunch will be royal as you eat in a building built in the reign of Elizabeth I. No royal tour is complete without scandal, and you will see where Princess Anne was almost assassinated and the apartment building where Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones would meet in secret.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    Kensington Palace is open from 10:00AM all year round, except December 24th to 26th. It closes at 6:00PM from March 1st to October 31st, and 5:00PM the rest of the year. Last admissions are an hour before closing.

  • How long to tour?

    Set aside at least two or three hours to tour Kensington Palace and its gardens, but don't forget to allow time for tea and cakes (or even champagne!) at the Orangery.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily from 10:00AM to 6:00PM in summer, 10:00AM to 5:00PM in winter, closed December 24th, 25th and 26th.
  • Is it expensive?
    From March 1st to October 31st, adult tickets are £17.50. The rest of the year they are £16.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide around the palace, but check out our tours in the area!
  • How to get there
    Take the District or Circle lines to High Street Kensington, or one of several buses that goes to the Palace.
  • Additional information
    ** Book your tickets online in advance to get a discount! | You will need to cover your shoulders.*

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What people are saying about Kensington Palace

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 3,404 reviews

This was a great experience! I got to learn about the history behind Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. I enjoyed walking around the park. The afternoon tea was delicious and worth the expense. Highly recommend this experience to all travelers, especially those who had never experienced afternoon tea before.

Highly recommend this tour. Doug was very knowledgeable and kept conversation lively. Doug was a fabulous companion during tea explaining proper etiquette. A very nice relaxed tour. You won’t be disappointed.

Our tour guide was Doug. He was amazing!! Very informative and exceedingly friendly. Made us feel like old friends by the end of the tour. Would highly recommend the tour AND Doug!!

This was such a cute and fun tour! Host were great. We had afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols and it was great! Learned some fun facts along the way!

David was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting.. Delicious tea! Seeing rehearsal for Trooping of Colours was a true bonus!