Visit to Kensington Palace and Afternoon Tea for Two

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Experience details

Kensington Palace has been in the royal family for centuries; with the likes of Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Queen Anne residing there in the past, it is still occupied today. Many parts of the Palace are open to the public for your viewing pleasure. Absorb the atmosphere of the historic building as you enjoy a self-guided tour.

The magnificent Kensington Palace has recently had a refurbishment costing £12 million, to ensure it is a fantastic attraction for visitors. There is an exhibition currently on display, featuring rare and beautiful dresses worn by members of the royal family. After you’ve had a nostalgic glance into the past you will make your way to the near by 5* Royal Garden Hotel where you will be served a scrumptious afternoon tea for two. You will enjoy a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries, scones with jam and cream, and of course, your choice of fine organic leaf tea.

What's Included?

  • Entrance to Kensington Palace and self-guided tour
  • Victoria Revealed Exhibition
  • Fashion Rules Exhibition
  • Delicious afternoon tea in the nearby 5* Royal Garden Hotel
  • Personalised voucher and message card
  • Cancellation indemnity

What happens on the day?

On arrival at Kensington Palace you will be able to explore at your leisure the five narrated routes to discover the secrets, stories and public lives of the people of Kensington Palace. You will get to view the two new exhibitions; ‘Victoria Revealed’, an intimate account of Queen Victoria’s astounding life, and ‘Fashion Rules’, a display of exquisite gowns worn by royalty through the years.

You will enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at the 5* Royal Garden Hotel, which will include finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries, along with freshly brewed tea. The resident pianist will add further enjoyment by playing live music Tuesday to Friday from 15.30 to 18.30 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 14.30 to 17.30.

Need to know

Participant guidelines

  • Minimum age: 16
  • A reasonable level of fitness is desirable as some walking is involved. As Kensington Palace is a historical building there are some areas with difficult stairs and other areas where wheelchair access is limited; all visitor levels are, however, accessible by lift. Manual wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis from the Palace but cannot be booked in advance.  If you have any disability or illness that may prevent you from taking part in the experience you should discuss this with the centre before booking


1st March – 31st October:
Kensington Palace is open daily from 10.00 to 18.00 (last admission 17.00)
Afternoon tea at the Royal Garden Hotel is served daily between 14.00 and 17.30 in the Park Terrace Lounge.

1st November – 28th February:
Kensington Palace is open daily from 10.00 to 17.00 (last admission 16.00)
Afternoon tea at the Royal Garden Hotel is served daily between 14.00 and 17.30 in the Park Terrace Lounge.

The Palace is closed on:
24th to 26th December inclusive and all bank holidays.
The Fashion Rules exhibition closed for re-presentation work from 4 January to 11 February 2016.
There may be additional closure dates, please check before booking your afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea is served between 14.00 and 17.30 in the Park Terrace Lounge of the Royal Garden Hotel. Kindly note that the restaurant can get busy at peak times including weekends so please book in advance.

How long should I allow for this experience?

As a guideline, you should allow approximately 1 hour 30 minutes for your visit to the Palace but there is no limit to the visiting time.

Please allow 1 hour 30 minutes to two hours for your afternoon tea.

Additional information

Kindly note that we cannot guarantee all areas of the Palace will be open on the day of your visit, therefore we strongly recommend that you call the palace the day before your visit to check of any room closures/restrictions.

Please mention any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

The experience content, equipment used and restrictions may vary according to location.

What about insurance?

The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.

How it works

All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and we’ll send a voucher and booking information to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.

Packaging and Delivery

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Locations (2)

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    Reviews (21)


    written by on 13 January 2014.

    Wonderful experience.

    written by on 13 January 2014.

    An excellent experience! The most amazing gift from work colleagues on my leaving day. The day itself will be treasured. It was easy book the afternoon tea and check opening times for Kensington Palace. The voucher was swiftly exchanged for admission tickets at Kensington Palace. The very interesting exhibits ensured we were entertained for over 2 and a half hours. The royal garden was a superb venue for afternoon tea and we were treated like royalty. Fantastic service of a very tasty tea. The staff were aware of my intolerance to tomatoes and adjusted my sandwich assortment accordingly.

    written by on 10 January 2014.

    The was a very enjoyable experience. the only comment I would make was the fact we told the door staff that we had a voucher for tea in the orangery but no one thought to tell us that It would be closed due to a private function. We did make it for tea although slightly rushed.

    written by on 07 January 2014.

    A great success all round! Only criticism was the jam was watery

    written by on 06 January 2014.

    Enjoyed our special day, the afternoon tea in The Orangery was very good, staff very attentive and food good

    written by on 18 October 2013.

    The experience was great - especially the tea! Disappointed in Kensington Palace, we have been to many castles and palaces etc but we won't come here again!

    written by on 11 March 2013.

    Kensington Palace is what it is, an interesting old palace with lots of memories of Queen Victoria but very little to see that is world class. I had never been before and thoroughly enjoyed looking round. As to the afternoon tea, that was good. We deliberately went a bit early (3:15) in case there were queues, but there were none and we were shown straightaway to a table where very helpful staff served an enormous tea on a three level cakestand. Avril had tea and I had coffee, both fine. She suspected the sandwiches might have been frozen but I would never have suspected (and we don't know the answer to that implied question!) The quality of the food was very good, especially the three little cakes. The staff were all helpful and your gift voucher was instantly recognised and accepted! We both agreed it had been an excellent outing (and it only started to drizzle as we were walking up to Bayswater Road to get a taxi!).

    written by on 11 March 2013.

    "Great day out"

    Me and my best friend had a great day out at Kensington Palace. The scenery around the palace was beautiful and the staff were really informative. The afternoon tea was a perfect end to the day. We got a stand each which was enough to fill us up so that we didn't need dinner!

    written by on 13 January 2013.

    Four of us has a really delightful day - thought that there may have been more of Princess Diana's dresses. We thought that Kensington Palace looked lovely - Queen Victoria's exhibition was excellent. Tea in Orangery was splendid and the staff were helpful.

    written by on 02 November 2012.

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