Originally planted around 1700, the Maze was a place for courtiers to escape the politics of palace life, losing themselves in its enchanting labyrinths. Containing over half a mile of paths, covering a third of an acre, it is the oldest surviving hedge maze in the world. You can try it yourself and should be able solve it in less than twenty minutes.
Purchased by William and Mary in 1689, Kensington Palace also went through a series of transformations, first by Sir Christopher Wren, who extended the Jacobean mansion to palatial proportions, and again in the reign of George I, when William Kent added the intricate trompe l'oeil ceilings and staircases.
Today the palace is once again under renovation, and on exhibition is "The Enchanted Palace," a unique multimedia experience with a particular focus on fashion, where leading designers have each created spectacular installations, taking inspiration from Kensington Palace and the princesses who once lived there -- Mary, Anne, Caroline, Charlotte, Victoria, Margaret and Diana.
These extraordinary contemporary designs are displayed alongside historic items from the Royal Collection and Kensington Palace's Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, together with two dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret. For those of you fantasizing about what the new Princess Kate will be wearing, this exhibition is not to be missed.
Though the delightful and quaint (for royalty) Kew Palace is under renovation through April 2011, it is worth a trip to the beautiful and expansive Royal Botanic Gardens.
Home to the largest collection of plants -- more than 30,000 living varieties and another 7 million preserved plant specimens. Learn about the history of these more than 300 acres of gardens and enjoy a recent addition, the Xstrata treetop walk, providing a unique perspective of the flora and fauna from 250 feet up.