Sensory Palaces

A health and wellbeing programme for people living with dementia and their carers.

A health and wellbeing programme for people living with dementia and their carers.


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Booking information

Spaces for Sensory Palaces sessions are very limited. All participants must be pre-booked. 

We welcome bookings from individuals or organisations wishing to block-book clients or service users

Should you be interested in booking a space for person with dementia and a carer please get in touch with us on: with the following details:

- Name
- Mobile number
- Arrival information (minibus/taxi, car registration for free parking, public transportation)
- And any Special requirements (mobility concerns, allergies, etc.)

People living with dementia must come to sessions with a carer.

Free (advanced booking required)

Sensory Palaces sessions engage participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces of our palaces.

Each session provides a chance to explore stories from the palace, participate in fun activities and build social connections. Sessions are designed to enhance mental health and wellbeing, encouraging new learning opportunities in a safe and welcoming environment.

Sessions are free for participants. They are delivered by expert freelancers, skilled in supporting people living with early ‘mild’ stage dementia and their carers.

Our next sessions

All participants are required to speak to a member of the Sensory Palaces team prior to their first booking. This is to help us assess individual needs in confidence and ensure the programme meets the expectations and needs for all participants. 

William III : Music of the Battlefield
Dates: 6 November 2018 and 20 November 2018
Time: 10.30 – 12.30

Explore William’s apartments in a music making session. Learn about the military drumming traditions of the Stuart period.

First floor access via staircase. Lift access available upon request.

Tudor Feast
Dates: 4 December 2018 and 11 December 2018
Time: 10.30 – 12.30

Experience the great Hampton Court Palace kitchens in a sensory tour, learning about the favourite Tudor feasting food. Create and decorate your own piece of craft inspired by the palace.

Ground floor access.

Please note that sessions are suitable for people with early ‘mild’ stage dementia and their carers as defined by the Alzheimer’s Society here.





Dementia-friendly palaces

We are committed to Historic Royal Palaces being a 'Dementia-friendly' heritage organisation.

We deliver the Alzheimer’s Society’s 'Dementia Friends' information sessions for our staff and volunteers to raise awareness and understanding of the disease so that we are better able to support people living with dementia at our palaces and in our communities. We are members of the Dementia Action Alliance in Richmond.

Dementia-friendly heritage group

We lead the Dementia-friendly heritage group, a peer network comprise of 18 heritage sites across the UK who are committed to developing and sharing dementia-friendly heritage best practice. New contacts are more than welcome!