The Story Of Kensington Palace
A perfect pre-amble for a visit to Kensington Palace, this tour explores the people, places and personalities that shaped this iconic royal residence’s story .
Kensington Palace today is remarkable for being the home not only of modern royals including Prince William and his family but also many influential figures in British and global history. Residents have famously included royals from the modern era such as Princess Diana of Wales, Princess Margaret and more recently Prince Harry of Wales.
Yet, behind its history and architecture there are fascinating tales of intrigue that have fundamentally shaped the history of British democracy and the advent of a modernity.
On this tour we’ll explore some of the lost palaces that predated Kensington and the story of the Glorious Revolution which led to its creation, as well as informing its architecture.
We will delve into the story of Queen Victoria, Empress of India and her husband Albert, Prince Consort; as well as the modern royals associated with the palace today.
This two hour privately guided tour starts at the iconic Piccadilly Circus before taking us along The Mall and through St James’ and then connecting to South Kensington (either by Tube or Cab).
It ends at Kensington Palace, providing a perfect introduction especially if guests opt to follow our tour on with a visit inside of the palace which is open most days of the week with some seasonal variations.
Please note admission to the palace is not included in this tour as standard. This can be purchased on the door of the palace and we are happy to help with pre-booking by prior appointment.
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This tour begins outside of Piccadilly Circus Station at the statue of Eros (aka the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. We can arrange to meet you at another central London location upon request for which we charge upwards of an additional £30.
This tour ends at Kensington Palace. If you are planning to visit inside the palace itself after the tour, then please note that the palace is closed on Monday and Tuesdays.