Last updated November 28th, 2022
Kensington Palace was once the favoured home of many Kings and Queens. Originally it was a private country house until the building was acquired by William III and Mary II in 1689, and was adapted to Royal residence by Sir Christopher Wren. To this day the main parts of this house are private and therefore not open to the public, however the state apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection is open to the public. Admission fees apply and concessions are available.
Note: Owing to temporary closures the times below may not accurately reflect current opening hours.
Carlyle House was the home of Thomas Carlyle from 1834 until he died in 1881. It contains many original pieces of his furniture as well as many books. Groups need to be booked in advance. Chelsea Society has guided theme walks including a guided tour of the house.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is located in the north of Battersea Park and houses a collection of monkeys, otters, reptiles, red squirrels and pygmy goats. Pony rides are also available for children. The range of facilities provided include a play area, carousel, gift shop and cafe. Entry is free for children under 2 years old, and concessions apply for school groups.
The Royal Mews is a working stables and is open throughout the year. Visitors can see the state carriages and cars used at all state occasions, including Coronations, state visits, Royal Weddings and the State Opening of Parliament.
Visit the home of over 600 species of exotic and beautiful animals, including snakes, bears, tigers, piranhas and penguins. London Zoo offers an exciting daily events programme as well as educational programmes for children between 4 and 8 years of age. The Millennium Conservation Centre gives shelter to The Web of Life exhibition. Events and conferences for up to 250 people can be hosted at the Zoo. Last admission is at 4.30pm