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“Nice morning out”
Review of Kensington Palace

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Royal Palaces Pass: Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Tower of London
Ranked #179 of 1,651 things to do in London
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Owner description: Once the favored home of kings and queens, this royal residence, redesigned by Christopher Wren for William and Mary in 1689, was home to Princess Diana, and today features the Court Dress collection.
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“Nice morning out”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

NIce to visit - nice to see inside and a few exhibits but thats about it.

Spent the afternoon in the Kensington Palace Gardens and had a picnic - lovely. You could either bring your own picnic or, as most people seemed to be doing, they walked 5 mins to Kensington High Street to Whole Market Foods which is a day out in itself. This is a food retail outlet with food from all over the world, hot-cold food fab.

All in all a nice pleasant day out. Didn't have to pay entrance fee as we purchased a annual Historic Palace Card sometime last year.

Visited July 2014
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Las Vegas
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

This is another must see if you are a history buff. you can see how the Queen and King lived and the history of the family. the gardens are gorgeous and we were hoping to see the future King George (as Kate, William and George still live there) but no such luck...still a great visit

Visited July 2014
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San Diego, California
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“Nice, but not great”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Its a nice palace if you want to see a palace, but is not that great, most of the palace is out of limits so theres only a few rooms open, what I like most were a few displays of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana dresses.

Visited December 2013
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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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“Mostly very interesting but a bit of a mish mash of presentations.”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

I have been to the palace before and have always enjoyed it. I went this time to see the exhibition on the Georgians as it is 300 years since the crown in the UK passed to the House of Hanover and George sat on our throne. That exhibition was OK but not a patch on the one at the Queen's Gallery next to Buckingham Palace.
To get to the exhibition you have to negotiate a way round the different parts of the palace - the Queen's Apartments and the King's while avoiding the display of queenly dresses and the badly presented story of Queen Victoria who was asleep in this palace when she became Queen. (Of that, more later.)
The glory of a visit to this royal palace is the grand staircase to the King's Apartments and then there are the many historic and beautiful rooms in that area. The Queen's Apartments are perhaps less grand and more poignant but also worth visiting. The Georgian bits on temporary display consist of ineffectual descriptive boards and some wandering actors in period costume. Kids liked that.
I whizzed through the Esteē Lauder sponsored display of dresses of the Queen, Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother and spent more time trying to decipher Queen Victoria's story as it relates to Kensington Palace but found it too tedious to try to read stuff written directly on to walls, carpets, rugs, tables, desks. It is unclear, unhelpful and just another with-it curator without a clear sense of the times being depicted.
The cafe is large, staffed by keen young staff but a slow experience though the outside terrace was a pleasant place to enjoy a snack - or it would have been if the smokers were not taking it over. Why allow smoking just because the area where food is taken is not enclosed?
Lastly another joy is the palace garden, especially the raised one above the cafe terrace. Stunning.

Visited July 2014
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Alsager, United Kingdom
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“Good Insight”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Did not really know what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. Just to walk where the Kings and Queens of England walked was enough but then it was more than that. It is not an animated show like some houses are who want to make themselves into an attraction. It is part of our heritage and as such should be viewed in this way. The facilities were excellent and the room guides were knowledgeable and helpful.

Yes there are a few mistakes, the lighting on some of the pictures made it difficult to see them properly. The worst was the view of the wheelie bins from the Queens staircase. These are small things which the staff could easily rectify.

Visited July 2014
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