My visit to Kensington Palace was enjoyable, but not quite what I was expecting. After visiting Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court in the past, I was anticipating a similar experience. I expected a guided tour and to see more treasures, not realizing that it is almost an empty palace which no doubt explained the difference in entrance fees!. But the guide who gave an introduction to the Victoria section was excellent, and although there wasn't much to ooh and ah about, it was an enjoyable afternoon. I was lucky that the exhibition of Diana's clothes was on while I was there, which added to the experience.
While not as glitzy as Windsor Castle or Blenheim Palace, it was a very interesting look at history. So much happened there! We listened to three different docents talk about the history. The Diana exhibit is a must. We spent about 3 1/2 hours at Kensington Palace finishing off our visit with a great scone clotted cream and jam at the cafe.
Enjoyed seeing the dresses up close but I thought there would be more of them. As the Palaces website had run out of their allocation of tickets for the day I wanted I was very pleased to purchase tickets from a third party. No queues going in at 10:45 a.m. The rest of the exhibits were not as impressive as say National Trust properties. The white garden was worth going to see but I believe you can enter the garden from the park without paying the rather expensive admission charge.
This tour was on our own but they had tour guides along the way in different rooms giving presentations. I thoroughly enjoyed the Diana dress exhibit. They were very accommodating to my husband taking us to the lift and backesy entrances to rooms to avoid the stairs. Everyone was very nice.