If you are looking for a super family day out over the long Jubilee bank holiday weekend then look no further than the newly restored utterly splendid Kensington Palace.
The latest exhibition to open at the Palace, A View from the Crowd, explores Queen Victoria’s diamond Jubilee of 1897. Learn all about the Grand Procession on 22 June 1897, which took Queen Victoria from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral.
As you enter the exhibition you make your way through a model city of London (perfect height for small people), kids will love walking on the Charles Booth Map of Poverty covering the floor.
You then pass into a small Victorian sitting room, which has a wonderful display cabinet full of commemorative plates and mugs from Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. Wonderful Victorian posters and flags decorate the walls.
Write a message to the Queen on a postcard then pop it in the shiny red letterbox. Read the lovely messages on the cards already displayed on the walls.
Feel part of the crowd in the projection room where a series of silhouettes brings the procession to life. The super atmospheric music really makes you feel like you are part of the ten deep crowd watching the parade.
Kids will love the brilliant interactive puppet show where children can act out the Queen’s procession. Slip through the slits in the curtain, make the crowd jump up & down, pull the cord and make Queen Victoria wave. Also see the stunning dress worn by the Duchess of Devonshire for her fancy dress ball.
There is a super new Palace Café with snacks and treats for little ones (seating indoors & out) and a dedicated children’s shop selling princess dresses, pocket money toys and much more.
The newly landscaped gardens and lawns are looking stunning. Kids will love the Wiggly Walk by the café, the new wild flower meadow and the beautiful sunken gardens.
Also pop along and see the The King & Queen’s State Apartments and the other two great exhibitions; Victoria Revealed & Diana: Glimpses of a modern princess.
New free visitor’s room.
Open Daily 10am-6pm. Tickets: £15.50, under 16 yrs free.