Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry both, were born and raised in Kensington Palace.

Kensington Palace History

Kensington Palace built by Sir George Coppin back in 1605 in Kensington village and was named Nottingham HouseIn 1689, King William and Queen Mary purchased Nottingham House from Daniel Finch, the Secretary of State for £20, 000. Shortly after, King and the Queen asked the architect of St Paul’s CathedralSir Christopher Wren to extend the Nottingham House into a palace. To save money, he kept the same house foundation. However, he built a three-storey building at the four corners. The outcome of his work is what you see as Kensington Palace these days. The extension carried out six months later. The King and the queen moved in on Xmas Eve 1689. Queen Mary couldn’t enjoy the new palace for long. She died 5 years later in 1694 because of smallpox. Also, in 1702 the King fell off his horse and died later. The palace was the birthplace for Queen Victoria. The next several years, the gallery and the Apartments added to the palace. From that date, up to now, the Kensington Palace is open to the public for visit.

Where is Kensington Palace?

Kensington Palace is in Kensington London and has been one of the British Royal Family residency for over 300 years. In 1981, when Charles the Prince of Wales and got married, they started their married life in Kensington Palace. Prince William (The Duke of Cambridge) and Prince Harry both were born and raised in Kensington Palace. William and Harry went to nursery and schools in Notting Hill area which is a short distance from the Kensington Palace. The Kensington place was the residence of Charles and Diana. Even after their divorce in 1996 until Diana’s death in 1997.

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Currently, Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and some Royal family members are living in Kensington Palace. The Palace rooms are open to the public for people to visit. 

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The Highlights of Kensington Palace Visit

  • Discover the exciting palace history while you explore.
  • Pay a visit to one of the UK’s most historic royal residency.
  • Look at The King’s Gallery, Staircase and the State Apartments.
  • Visit the stunning Sunken Garden.

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How to get to Kensington Palace by Bus?

If you use the London Red Buses, please use the following bus routes: Bus number 70, 94, 148, 390 towards Bayswater Road and 9, 10, 49, 52, 70,452 towards Kensington High Street.

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If yes, then do not hurry around because each spot in London has a story to tell. Not a long way from the thundering activity of High Street Kensington in London, in the midst of the greenery of Kensington Gardens, is a seventeenth-century imperial castle.

Kensington Palace Tube – What Tube line is Kensington Palace on?

where is the Kensington Palace Tube? There are three Tube stations which are about 10 minutes walking distance from the palace. Before you start your journey, don’t forget about buying your Oyster Card to reduce the travel cost.  The closest Underground Stations are High Street Kensington Station(District or Circle Line) and Queensway(Central Line) or Notting Hill Gate (Red Line). From all three  Stations, you need to walk about 10 to 15 minutes to get to Kensington Palace. The access to the Kensington Palace is from Hyde Park.


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Enjoy your trip.