Originally owned by the Earl of Nottingham, the palace was purchased as a royal residence in 1689. In 1899 the State Apartments were opened to the public. The private area of Kensington Palace houses members of the Royal Family. Princess Diana had an apartment here as do the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children.
Exhibitions connected to the Royal Family are presented in the Palace.
The Palace is open seven days a week except 24-26 December. Summer hours (1 March – 31 October) are 10.00-18.00. Winter hours are 10.00-16.00.
There is an admission charge with concessions.