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Kensington Palace is a great place for kids! Kensington Palace is not exactly a museum or show house as it is still used as a Royal residence for some members of the Royal family including Prince Harry. Your teenage daughters might want to catch a glimpse of the UK's most eligible bachelor! Princess Diana lived here from 1981 until her death in 1997. The palace includes the building itself, furnished royal apartments and extensive gardens. The Kensington Gardens are now part of the Royal Parks of London and cover 270 acres adjacent to the palace.
A great effort has been made to bring the palace into the 21st century with the addition of multimedia information. your family can learn about Queen Victoria through her own words in "Victoria Revealed" an exhibition which combines audio extracts from her journals, some of her personal belongings and her favorite art work. One of the modern additions to the palace is the Luminous Lace, a light instillation which uses 4km of electroluminescent wire and almost 12,000 Swarovski crystals.
The gardens are a great place for kids to run around and play among the many paths, water features and statues. Take them to see the statue of peter Pan and the Italian Fountain.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May to September at 12 noon and 2pm there is a free Garden History Tour.
On these tours you get to enter parts of the garden that are usually closed off to the public like the Sunken Garden.
Kensington Palace is open daily from 10am to 6pm (and 5pm in winter) the nearest tube stations are Queensway, Bayswater and High Street Kensington. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £12.4 for students and under 16 year olds enter for free.
If you book on the Kensington Palace website prices are about £1 cheaper.