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Kensington Palace Tours

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Kensington Palace
As the official London home of Britain's favorite royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with little Prince George and Princess Charlotte; Kensington Palace's fame rivals that of Buckingham Palace. Will and Kate aren't the only members of the royal family to walk the halls of Kensington Palace, though—King George II, Queen Victoria, Queen Anne, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana have all also called the palace home.

The Basics
While the royal living quarters are off-limits, a large portion of the palace is open to the public, with multiple exhibit spaces plus the renowned Orangery café. Visitors can admire the 16th-century King's Staircase; peek into Queen Mary's State Apartments; learn more about Queen Victoria in the Victoria Revealed exhibition; and explore Queen Caroline's Cabinet of Curiosities, all before strolling the landscaped palace gardens. You can also admire a collection of iconic dresses worn by Princess Diana in the Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibit.

Opt for a priority-access ticket to save time, or book a Royal Palaces Pass that allows entry to three royal London attractions: Buckingham, the Tower of London, and Hampton Court Palace. Some tours to Buckingham Palace also stop by Kensington Palace, while others pair a palace visit with an indulgent afternoon tea experience in the palace gardens.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Admission lines can be long in summer, especially for special exhibitions, so it’s best to book priority entrance tickets in advance.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.
  • Most areas of the palace are wheelchair accessible, and concession tickets are available.

How to Get to Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is located at the west end of Hyde Park in central London. The nearest tube stations are Queensway and High Street Kensington, each about a 10-minute walk from the palace.

When to Get There
Kensington Palace is open all year round, but special events are held throughout the year, including fashion exhibits, the open-air Luna Cinema in August, and Queen Caroline's annual garden parties.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX, England
Hours: March–Oct 10am–6pm; Nov–Feb 10am–4pm
Admission: €18
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Royal High Tea At Kensington Palace

Royal High Tea At Kensington Palace

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High tea is classically British, and there are few places better to enjoy this cultural experience than Kensington Palace. With this regal outing, you enjoy high tea as it's meant to be: nibble on sandwiches, taste cakes and scones, and stroll through the palace grounds once you're done. With your guide, you learn about Hyde Park, see gardens created by Prince Albert, and hear the history of Britain's favorite beverage.
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  • 2 hours
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$103.09
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$103.09

Visit Kensington Palace & 3 Hour Westminster Walking Tour

Visit Kensington Palace & 3 Hour Westminster Walking Tour

We will see 15 of London's most iconic sights in a 3-hour historic walking tour! After the walking tour: Visit Kensington Palace For over 300 years Kensington Palace has been residence to Britain’s young royal families. Share the experience of this public palace and private home in the heart of Kensington Gardens. It will be an enjoyable, educational and entertaining stroll. From Palaces (and stories of the Monarchy) to Parliament Square (with the history of the government), you will be continuously entertained with bits of history. • See Buckingham Palace • Walkthrough the Royal Parks • Learn about the history of Westminster • Visit Parliament Square • View the London Eye, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square Sights you will see include ; Buckingham Palace Trafalgar Square Changing of the Guard (Daily during the summer months) Big Ben Downing Street Westminster Abbey Whitehall Houses of Parliament London Eye Parliament Square Queens Horse Guard
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.52
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$69.52
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Private Tour: Royal High Tea At Kensington Palace

Private Tour: Royal High Tea At Kensington Palace

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On a private tour, Experience the original Royal English Tea with traditional sandwiches, cakes & scones in the grounds of Kensington Palace. First, we will have a leisurely stroll around Kensington Gardens and learn of the part Hyde Park played in London’s development. We will see the beautiful gardens Prince Albert created for his wife Queen Victoria and take in the spectacular views as we approach the Palace where Prince Harry and William grew up and is now home to two Princes and three Princesses. We will then experience the full splendor of High Tea in a breathtaking landmark and give you personal insights into our royal family and the fascinating history of our national drink and the ceremony of afternoon tea. Gratuities ..All Food and Beverage Service includes Service Charge. .. The tour itself does not include any gratuities and are entirely discretionary. The High Tea does not include any alcohol but a drinks menu is available when you visit for a supplementary cost.
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  • 2 hours
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$148.74
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$148.74
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile. Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the "View from the Shard." You also benefit from skip-the-line access at some of the city's top attractions like the London Zoo. Your pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Thames River cruise, a free guidebook packed with useful information, and valuable shopping and dining discounts. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.09
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$103.09

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.80
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$45.80
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.93
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$33.93
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise

Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Thames River Cruise

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Discover the regal residences and rich royal history of London on a sightseeing tour and Thames River cruise. With an accomplished guide, travel by luxury coach through the capital’s most opulent areas to see majestic landmarks like Big Ben and Kensington Palace. Gaze at a traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and then climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise on the River Thames. Glide past iconic sights like the London Eye and the Tower of London and enjoy illuminating commentary as you sail.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.64
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$62.64
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Full Day Private London Taxi Sightseeing Experience

Full Day Private London Taxi Sightseeing Experience

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Discover the highlights of London with efficiency and style when booking your own private driver-guide to explore the English capital. Travel in a traditional black cab to attractions including Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and Westminster Abbey. With your own dedicated transportation and insightful guide, you can take in more sights without the hassles of navigating the busy streets on your own.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$515.46
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$515.46
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Enter Kensington Palace & The London 30+ Sights Tour

Enter Kensington Palace & The London 30+ Sights Tour

Our tour guides will guide you on an exploration of London’s major 30+ landmarks. After the walking tour, you will then visit The Kensington Palace Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. Home of Prince William & Prince Harry! We will head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where we'll watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. After witnessing this impressive, traditional ritual, where the New Guard exchanges duties with the Old Guard, we'll head to Westminster. Sights we'll see along the way include Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (covered up at the moment as undergoing a facelift), and the Houses of Parliament. Then we'll go to the London Bridge area, where we'll see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Shard, HMS Belfast, and Tower Bridge
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  • 6 hours
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$85.44
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$85.44

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

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See three of southern England’s most in-demand destinations—and secure advance tickets to a hop-on hop-off London bus tour, too—with this full-day itinerary. Set off from the centrally located Victoria Coach Station in the morning, and head to the centuries-old Windsor Castle, world-famous Stonehenge, and UNESCO-listed Bath. Round-trip transit via luxury, Wi-Fi-equipped coach makes the journey seamless. As a bonus, the itinerary also includes a 24-hour ticket to a hop-on hop-off London bus tour, to be used at your leisure.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.21
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$159.21
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Must See London With A Local: Private & Personalized

Must See London With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Make your London adventure a personal one on a private 8-hour sightseeing tour. Your tailor made itinerary can include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the city’s hidden gems, and much more. It's up to you. Thanks to the expert navigation skills of your Londoner guide, you’re able to explore in an efficient, but leisurely manner. Leave with exclusive tips on what to see, eat, and do with the rest of your vacation.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.62
Price varies by group size
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$171.62
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Royal London Private Walking Tour

Royal London Private Walking Tour

If you’re fascinated by the royals, there’s no better way to follow in their footsteps than a private walking tour. See St. James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace, and stroll the Mall. View the memorials of Princess Diana and Prince Albert, and so much more. For the full experience, upgrade to include afternoon tea at Kensington Palace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.77
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$178.77
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London's Royal Private Walking Tour with a Local

London's Royal Private Walking Tour with a Local

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Get a local's insight into life in the British capital on this private royal-themed walking tour. In the company of just your party and a royal-expert guide, visit such sites as St. Mary’s Hospital, birthplace of many royals; Kensington Palace, residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Westminster Abbey, setting for the funeral of Princess Diana. With a wealth of new knowledge about the royal family, conclude your tour at the famed Buckingham Palace.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.66
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$73.66
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 4 Hour Tour Kensington Palace and St Pauls Cathedral (With Private Guide)

4 Hour Tour Kensington Palace and St Pauls Cathedral (With Private Guide)

Luxury chauffeured transport with qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guides who have a vast understanding of London. We offer guided tours for every occasion, helping you have an amazing time in London. If a tour is cancelled 7 days or less before it is scheduled, 50% of the fee is payable. If the tour is cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled start then the full fee is payable.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$798.00
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$798.00
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4 Hour Tour Kensington Palace and St Pauls Cathedral (With Private Guide)

4 Hour Tour Kensington Palace and St Pauls Cathedral (With Private Guide)

Luxury chauffeured transport with qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guides who have a vast understanding of London. We offer guided tours for every occasion, helping you have an amazing time in London.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$807.98
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$807.98
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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

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Don’t visit London landmarks and listen to commentary that doesn’t interest you. Set your own itinerary and explore London your way on a private half- or full-day tour of England’s capital. Tick off all of the attractions on your personal checklist and take advantage of your private guide’s local insight by visiting hidden gems and unknown corners of the city. Choose the start time and meeting point of your tour and receive the undivided attention of your guide throughout. 
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$362.78
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$362.78
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London's Royal Private Family Tour

London's Royal Private Family Tour

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Getting kids excited about history can be a challenge, but this private tour is tailor-made for families with young children. Follow in the footsteps of London’s royal family as you visit Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace; enjoy interactive activities including treasure hunts and quizzes; and stop for refreshments in one of the royal parks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.84
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$55.84
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Princess Diana Private Walking Tour of London

Princess Diana Private Walking Tour of London

This private walking tour takes us to locations that played important roles in the life of Princess Diana. This isn't a walk for all the big tourist sights (though we see a few of them) but rather to see the parts of real London that Diana knew so well.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.77
Price varies by group size
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$178.77
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Private Tour - Royal London

Private Tour - Royal London

- Private 4-hour tour of Royal London - Discover the rich history of the English Monarchy, from centuries past until today. - Discover Kensington Palace, home of Prince William and Kate. - Enjoy Princess Diana's Sunken Garden. - Marvel at the dazzling Albert Memorial, built by Queen Victoria for her late husband Prince Albert. - Admire Buckingham Palace, Royal residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. - Understand the importance of the Royal family in London's architecture and history, from Wellington's Arch to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. - Your own guide means a personalized experience: ask questions, seek advice on restaurants or pubs, get help with reservations and more...your private guide will be happy to help you. - Discover local insights on hidden gems and unknown corners of the city.
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  • 4 hours
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$257.43
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On the steps of princess Diana: private and family tour.

On the steps of princess Diana: private and family tour.

Accompany with your expert guide on the royal family; you will see where she lived; her wedding venue and the neighborhoods she frequented and you'll know new anecdotes.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$242.91
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$242.91
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Private London Sightseeing by Luxury Vehicle

Private London Sightseeing by Luxury Vehicle

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If it’s your first time in London, tick off the city’s top attractions in style on a private 9-hour sightseeing tour. Travelling in a luxurious vehicle equipped with Wi-Fi, you’ll visit icons such as Tower Bridge, 10 Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square. In the afternoon, browse Harrods departments store and admire Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$978.72
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$978.72
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Go London Explorer Pass: Up to 40% Off Top Attractions

Go London Explorer Pass: Up to 40% Off Top Attractions

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Save big on combined admission prices to top London attractions with this London Explorer Pass. You choose whether to get a pass that grants you access to three, four, five, or seven attractions. Choose where to redeem your Explorer credits from a list of London’s most popular spots visited by tourists and locals alike such as the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, and SEA LIFE London Aquarium. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for one year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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$63.94
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$63.94

A Royal London Private Taxi Tour

A Royal London Private Taxi Tour

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Curious about the British monarchy? Get to know London’s regal side on this private, black cab tour. Meet your guide at a time and place that work best for you, and set off. You can look forward to seeing the Tower of London (where Anne Boleyn was executed), Kensington Palace (where Princess Diana lived), Westminster Abbey (site of numerous royal weddings), Buckingham Palace, and more. As you go, learn stories and facts about the British monarchy throughout history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$311.05
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$311.05
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Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea

Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea

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See the capital in bloom on a full-day tour of London’s most beautiful and little-visited gardens, followed by a decadent High Tea at the Kensington Palace Orangerie. With a maximum of 4 people and private transport by black cab, you’ll enjoy the personalised attention of your guide, as you stroll around pretty rose gardens, green squares and sunken gardens. Visit the Lincoln's Inn Fields and the John Soane Museum, browse the London Garden Museum and learn about medicinal plants and flowers at Chelsea Physic Garden.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.63
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Kensington Palace hours of operation?
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Kensington Palace hours of operation: March–Oct 10am–6pm; Nov–Feb 10am–4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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