Kensington Palace, the home of Kings and Queens until the 19th Century and London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is opening its doors to local groups and offering them the chance to discover the palace in their own way.

Build Your Own Discovery (BYOD) is an access scheme for adult community and education groups based within Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of Westminster. In addition to providing free access to the Palace, BYOD aims to engage people with the stories, collections and historic spaces in ways that are meaningful to them. This is done by training up and supporting group leaders and adult learning tutors to lead visits for their own groups.

To help you get the most out of your Discoveries, the scheme offers one-day training for group leaders, free group visits, discount entry tickets for members of the group and staff support to help leaders and tutors plan their activities.

Borough-based group Open Age taking part in their own BYOD session.

If you are interested in this right royal offer, there are training sessions available twice a year (spring and autumn), and the next sessions are:

  • Friday 21 April 2017, 10:00-16:00
  • Monday 24 April 2017, 10:00-16:00

For more information, or to register your interest, email Kim Klug or Jatinder Kailey at and