British Sign Language tours

British Sign Language tours

A BSL interpreter at Hampton Court Palace

Experience over 500 years of royal history. Get the most from your visit by arranging to come on one of our pre-arranged dates when a BSL interpreter and BSL-using guide will be on site.

Available dates

Must be pre-booked*
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February 2017

No booking required – just turn up and join in the fun**
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March (Disabled Access Day weekend)
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April (Easter weekend)
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September

Must be pre-booked*
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November

No booking required – just turn up and join in the fun**
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 December 2017 (Christmas)


*How to book
Email or call Text Relay 18001 020 3166 6000 least two weeks in advance with your preferred date.  If you wish to pre-arrange a different date, please also give us two weeks notice so that we can book the interpreter.

**On arrival, please go to the Information Centre off Base Court and make yourself known to the staff. They will find the interpreter/guide for you and someone will come to collect you.

If you would like to visit on a date that suits you and is not listed above, please get in touch with details of your preferred date and we will book an interpreter for you.

About the tours

A BSL interpreter guide (either Lynne Johnston or Jenny Peters) and a Deaf BSL-using guide (Ian Urquhart, John Wilson or Robert Heads) will be available from 10.30am on the days listed. 

There is no additional cost - this is included in normal palace admission tickets and Membership.

Itineraries can be tailored to individual or group needs. 

The BSL interpreter will follow the palace's daily costumed presentations. Ask at the Information Centre about where to join the tour if you arrive later in the day. The interpreter wears a purple tabard so can easily be identified by the staff.

The Deaf guide will give guided tours of areas of the palace not covered by the costumed guides.

Both will remain on site until late afternoon or for as long as visitors require.

Group leaders planning to bring a large party may wish to arrange a private date that is just for their group.

Hampton Court Palace reserves the right to move the planned BSL interpreter presence to cover special events.

Related items

A handy access guide
(PDF 829KB)  Palace and visiting information for visitors with disabilities.

Visitor information in British Sign Language

For information on access, admission tickets, getting to Hampton Court Palace, opening times and events at the palace, please view our video:

Video: Visitor information on Hampton Court Palace in British Sign Language

Downloadable Resources

Some files are provided in PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

  1. Click here to download Acrobat Reader
  2. Alternatively, Adobe offers a service for converting PDFs into HTML or plain text. Access this service here

    2016 BSL dates leaflet
    (Adobe PDF, 487KB)

    HCP Access Guide
    (Adobe PDF, 6040KB)

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