Kensington Palace now open after a £12m makeover

Following a £12million transformation, Kensington Palace has now reopened to the public. This will allow the public to view some of the palace’s private areas that have gone on display for the first time. 

There is also a special exhibition dedicated to Queen Victoria, who was born at the royal home and lived there until she was 18.

There will also be an exhibition of some of Princess Diana’s dresses and people will be able to wonder through the beautiful Queen’s State Apartments. 

The Palace’s gardens have now been opened out. Now only the original gold gates remain, the iron railings have been removed.

The grounds landscaped by Charles Bridgeman in the early 18th century, can now be seen uncluttered by railings or large trees. The statue of Queen Victoria has also been spruced up and sits in pride of place in the gardens.

Replacing the ‘Golden Gates’ as the public entrance will be the new Jubilee Garden.

Visitors will enter into ‘The White Court’ where they can view a light sculpture called Luminous Lace, which apparently replicates a royal lace pattern.

Visitors will then go on to the grand ticket office, where they can choose from four different exhibitions spanning across four centuries.

The revamp team are hoping the new look Kensington Palace will appeal to all ages and are hope visitor numbers by at least 100,000.

‘We’ve set out to awaken a sleeping beauty,’ announced Charles Mackay, the chairman of Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which runs the place.

Tickets will cost £14.50 for adults, £12 for concessions and children will get in free. Visit www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace