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Kensington Palace Sightseeing Entrance Tickets

1. 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: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

3. London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

This tour starts in Kensington Garden - you'll start the morning by cycling through this beautiful park to see where Queen Victoria grew up and where Princess Diana lived. Further down the road, you'll stop at London's most classic venue, The Royal Albert Hall, built to memorialize Prince Albert. Feel free to do your own "last night of the proms" or lay back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes. Your group will then follow the "rotten row" in the magical Hyde park to the statue of one of England's biggest heroes of all time, the man who defeated Napoleon back in 1815: if you know his name and where the battle took place you're the hero of the day. It's all downhill from there, through the Green Park to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace - maybe you'll get invited for a cup of tea? We hope to tell you some stories about the Palace that you won't find in a travel guide! Next stop on your route is Trafalgar square, one of the world's most famous places. Whatever happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and where did all the pigeons that once lived here go? If you know this then please do share - that's what the tour is all about, sharing some stories  - it's more of a chat than a lecture with a lot of yeardropping. If you like the royal weddings and the coronations, the amazing Westminster Abbey might be the highlight for you on the tour, if you prefer some good old execution and torture you can pay some extra attention by ţhe Houses of Parliament. Then, take a selfie at Big Ben, London's number one landmark before your group goes back again through the Royal Parks to the meeting point again. But please don't rush off without challenging your guides with any questions you may have about other attractions, museums, markets and more ways to enjoy this fabulous city.

London: Three Palaces Guided Walking Tour and High Tea

4. 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: Evening Bike Tour to London Landmarks

5. 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.

London Essentials: 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

6. London Essentials: 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Your journey starts by Kensington gardens. The first stop in this beautiful Royal park is Kensington Palace. Next, you cycle to the Royal Albert Hall, London's most classic venue, built to memorialize Prince Albert and the now the host for everything from the Miss World contest to rock concerts. Feel free to do your own "Last night of the proms" or stand back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes and stories about the British Empire. You then follow the "rotten row" and the Serpentine in the amazing Hyde park to the statue of one of England's greatest war heroes. From here, you head downhill on Constitution Hill along the Green park, (the route where Queen Victoria had three assassination attempts on her life) to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace. Maybe you will be invited in for a cup of tea? Your next stop is Trafalgar Square, right in the heart of London. Find out what happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and all the pigeons that once lived here? Then it is time for 250 meters by foot down to Whitehall, the political center of England. Next up, take some selfies at Big Ben before you go back through the Royal parks to the meeting point which is also the end of the line. But please don´t rush off without challenging your guide with any questions you may have about museums, markets, shopping, sport or other ways to enjoy this fantastic city.

London: Royal London Tour

7. London: Royal London Tour

Discover the spectacular royal sights and monuments of London on this wonderful morning tour through the city. Begin the day with a panoramic drive around Parliament Square, and admire the stunning Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton got married. Pay a visit to the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial, and then continue the tour to St. James's Park. Stop before the beautiful Buckingham Palace to marvel at the colorful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard, backed by an impressive military band. End the fascinating tour in Victoria at around noon, at which point your guide will be happy to give suggestions for lunch and assistance with transportation back to your hotel.

London: The Age of Steam and Progress Guided Walk

8. London: The Age of Steam and Progress Guided Walk

Explore the event of the Great Exhibition of 1851 during a walking tour in London, accompanied by a guide. Learn the story that was the showcase for British pride and industrial wealth, Admire Albert Memorial, and get a breathtaking birds-eye view of the city from the Wellington Arch. Begin with a stroll through the former site of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Hear stories of the exhibits, characters, and the Victorian technological marvels that were on display. Make your way towards Buckingham Palace to learn about the politics, class, social mores, and urbanism of Victorian times. Paint a mental picture of London as the much different city it was, at the center of a much different world by stripping your surroundings from the sensory stimuli of modern times. Then, enter the famous Wellington Arch and view London from above, while listening to stories of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, one of the most revered (and often hated) Victorians. Move on to London’s famous Clubland along Pall Mall, where you’ll discover the history of the Gentlemen’s Clubs while catching a glimpse of the opulence and magnificence of the remaining clubs.

Royal London Walking Tour

9. 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.

London: Private Royal Scandals Bike Tour

10. London: Private Royal Scandals Bike Tour

Immerse yourself in the secret world of the British Monarchy on this bike tour, from secret affairs to lavish parties and shocking agreements. Learn which marriages were never approved and why, and how certain family members came to be beloved while others were forgotten. While you're learning about all the stories that history forgot, see the sites where these events happened, from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy a tour that's perfect for first-time visitors as well as those who have been to London many times. Come away knowing more about the history of London and the royal family, all while having fun.

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What people are saying about Kensington Gardens

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,241 reviews

The Palace gardens are beautiful, but you can access them and the wider park for free. The Palace contains mainly pictures of the family but rooms are empty. I was hoping to see furniture, etc. The café adyacente to the gift shop within the Palace is nice and has delicious cake and tea that is affordable. The Pavilion accessible through the garden requires reservation to have a more upscale tea time with pastries.

Our tour guide, David, was wonderful. Very accommodating when my mother needed a restroom, flexible and had insightful knowledge about the palaces. We enjoyed chatting and getting to know him a bit more over a lovely tea. The tea, sandwiches, scones and desserts were delicious, and they even provided to go boxes so we could take the rest with us. Thank you for a wonderful morning!

Very enjoyable and interesting visit. No wifi reception at ticket office in the palace so electronic tickets problematical

Tour was lovely and the tea was wonderful. Great trip around Hyde Park with some nice people. Doug our guide was great!

Small but interesting. Great audio guide (included).