Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, while the Duke and Duchess of Kent reside at Wren House. Kensington Palace is also used on an unofficial basis by Prince Harry, as well as his cousin Zara Phillips.
On 6 November 2011, it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will move from their temporary residence in Kensington Palace to the four-story, 20-room Apartment 1-A, formerly the residence of Princess Margaret. It is expected that they will move in 2013, with renovation work taking place in 2012. Once the Duke and Duchess move into their new apartment, Prince Harry is expected to move his official residence from Clarence House to the residence the Duke and Duchess vacate.
It was the official residence of Diana, Princess of Wales (from 1981 until her death in 1997), Princess Margaret (from 1960 until her death in 2002) and Princess Alice (from 1994 until her death in 2004).
Today, the State Rooms are open to the public and managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces; a nonprofit organisation that does not receive public funds. The offices and private accommodation areas of the Palace remain the responsibility of the Royal Household and are maintained by the Royal Household Property Section.
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Address: Kensington Palace
Nearest stations: Use District or Circle lines to High Street Kensington (10 - 15 minutes walking time to the palace, more for those with limited mobility) Use Central Line to Queensway (10 - 15 minutes walking time, more for those with limited mobility) or Notting Hill Gate (20 - 25 minutes walking time, more for those with limited mobility).
Please note that access to the palace is via the park.
Please note that for those with limited mobility, Liberty Drives is a seasonal initiative by The Hyde Park Appeal to provide a free electric buggy service to aid mobility around the 760 acres of the park, including Kensington Gardens where Kensington Palace is situated. The buggies seat up to five people and can give half-hour rides around the park, as well as offer drop off and pick up. For enquiries please call 07767 498096.
For additional help in planning your journey, please telephone 020 7222 1234 or use the Transport for London Journey Planner. For more details please visit TFL
Bus routes: 70, 94, 148, 390 to Bayswater Road or 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, and 452 to Kensington High Street.
Coach drop off and collection is available at Kensington Palace on request only and is extremely limited. Please call the Control Office on 0203 166 6199 for further information.
No cycling is permitted within Kensington Palace Gardens. However bicycles may be chained to the railings on the park side outside the Orangery, at the owner’s risk.
Your Homeward Journey
Please note that after 16.00 (during winter months) and 17.00 (during summer months) the only exit from Kensington Gardens is via a turnstile at the Orme Square Gate which is on the north side of the park leading onto the Bayswater Road. We strongly recommend that our visitors use the road from the palace to this exit after dark as it is well lit. From the Bayswater Road you may continue your onward journey by bus, or by tube at Notting Hill Gate or Queensway. There is no access to Kensington High Street through the park.
Tickets and prices for disabled visitors
As all floors of Kensington Palace are now accessible for the first time, visitors who are registered disabled pay the adult price unless they are OAPs or students in which case they pay the concession price. One accompanying carer enjoys complimentary entry. Please purchase your tickets in advance from our Contact Centre on 0844 482 7799 or from our ticketing room when you arrive at the palace.
With level access from Kensington Gardens and all three floors of Kensington Palace being accessible via our new visitor lift, wheelchair users will be able to enjoy a complete visit to Kensington Palace. Four manual wheelchairs are available to use on a first come, first served basis and cannot be booked in advance - please ask our Welcome Team on arrival. Please note that for health and safety reasons, staff are unable to assist in carrying wheelchairs or pushchairs, although our staff and volunteers will always do everything they can to help you get the most from your visit.
Visitors with limited mobility
Seating: In addition to the visitor lift, we have been careful to provide many opportunities to sit down, both in the State Apartments and exhibitions, and in the entrance rooms. Portable seating is available on a first come first served basis and cannot be booked in advance - please ask our Welcome Team on arrival.
Electric buggy in Kensington Gardens: Liberty Drives is an initiative by The Hyde Park Appeal to provide free mobility for anyone who finds it difficult to see all 760 acres of these beautiful parks, including Kensington Gardens within which Kensington Palace is situated. Electric buggies capable of seating up to five people and one wheelchair glide around the parks providing half hour rides. It is also possible to be dropped off at a favourite place and be picked up later. Operating times are 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Friday, between May and October. To arrange pick up or for enquiries call 07767 498096.
Deaf and hard of hearing visitors
We are pleased to facilitate British Sign Language tours of either the King's and Queen's State Apartments, or Victoria Revealed, for deaf and hard of hearing visitors. We recommend choosing one per visit as they will take around 1.5 to 2 hours. Tours can be arranged between 10.00am and 3.00pm and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. There is no additional charge for a British Sign Language tour.
Videos in British Sign Language about visiting Kensington Palace will be available on our website here very soon. Blind and partially sighted visitors We are pleased to offer Describer Tours led by our Explainers of either the King's Apartments or the Victoria Revealed exhibition to blind and partially sighted visitors. We recommend choosing one of these per visit as they will take around 1.5 to 2 hours. Tours can be arranged between 10.00am and 3.00pm and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. There is no additional charge for a Describer Tour.
Braille leaflet: an orientation leaflet in Braille will soon be available in Braille. Please ask our Welcome Team on arrival.
Orientation and graphics
All visitors are able to pick up an orientation leaflet entitled "Access", with a map showing the four routes to choose from and highlights to look out for, plus advice on accessibility in these areas. Do ask any of the staff for this leaflet on arrival. Visitors are encouraged to converse with and ask questions of our Explainers to really explore the history, so at no point are graphics or text the only way of learning the history.
Male, female and disabled toilets are provided both within the new cafe and inside the palace itself.
Disabled parking and taxis
There is limited disabled parking for Blue Badge holders next to the Orangery. Spaces are limited and it is necessary to book in advance by calling +44 (0)20 3166 6199. Please note that during winter months cars need to be off site by 4.00pm due to park closure.
Taxis can also drop off visitors at the Orangery and Palace but please be aware that there is not yet a specific setting-down point for disabled passengers. The Orangery restaurant has an access ramp. Taxis booked in advance by customers to pick them up after their visit will be allowed access to the grounds.