Historic Royal Palaces

Welcome to Kensington - a palace for everyone

Kensington Palace has been the setting for some of the most important events in our nation’s history, but its stories remain hidden. Our proposals will change this. This project will open up the buildings and gardens to make everyone feel welcome and transform the experience for all our visitors.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 June 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 June 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1068852)




  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation




Every year, between six and seven million journeys are made past Kensington Palace. Only 240,000 people come in. The palace can appear closed, unwelcoming and intimidating. The visitor experience focuses mostly on art, costume and architecture, interpreted in very traditional ways and there is only a limited amount of our collection on display. Members of the local community do not make the most of the palace, particularly those who are disadvantaged or at risk.


We are putting the people, the bustle and the atmosphere back into this fascinating royal residence. We will create new gardens, courtyards and public spaces and we will let ‘kids go free’. Our aim is to increase visitor numbers by at least 40% in the first instance and, within five years, to double them. We aim to quadruple the number of children who visit the palace through our education programmes.