"Kensington Palace" Kensington Palace & Gardens Tip by hayward68

Kensington Palace & Gardens, London: 126 reviews and 266 photos

  Kensington Palace - William III
by hayward68

The former home of Princess Diana, Kensington Palace is considered a working royal residence, and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria. Victoria was living here in 1837 with her mother when she was awoken to be informed that she had inheirited the throne.
Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II's grandmother, was also born at Kensington Palace.
Formerly known as Nottingham House, the palace was bought in 1689 by William III and renovated by Christopher Wren. A private road was built from the Palace to Hyde Park Corner and part of it still exists today as Rotten Row.
You aren't allowed to visit all of the Palace, as it is still a residence, but you do see quite a bit, including the former rooms of Queen Victoria. You are given an audio device which you use to direct you through the Palace and it also gives information about the rooms and displays you are viewing.
There is an interesting exhibit of court clothing worn through the years by various people, The Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection and a special exhibit on the lower floor of Princess Diana's dresses. Another special exhibit I viewed was the wedding dresses of the Queens, from Queen Victoria to the present Queen.
Admission is 10 for adults and is open from 10am till 5 or 6pm depending on the season.

Address: Kensington Gardens, London
Directions: Nearest Tube - High Street Kensington
Phone: 44 (0)870 751 5170
Website: http://www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/

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  • Updated Nov 8, 2002
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