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.


  • Next sessions: January - March 2019

Booking information

All places must be pre-booked and sessions are limited.

We welcome individuals and organisations wishing to book clients or service users. People living with dementia must come to sessions with a carer.

To book a space please email with these details:

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

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. 

Chocolate Court

Date: 15 January 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30

Discover the history of chocolate at court. Explore Hampton Court Palace's Chocolate Kitchen and take part in preparing and tasting your own Georgian inspired hot chocolate.

Ground floor access.

Sing for your Supper

Date: 22 January 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30

Explore life and work in Henry VIII's Kitchens in the Tudor period. Sensory tour of the kitchens with music and singing activities.

Ground floor and basement level-staircase access only.
Not suitable for wheelchair users.

Georgian Public Ceremonies

Dates: 05 and 19 February 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30

Learn about the public ceremonies of the Hanoverian dynasty's Kings and Queens. See the rooms where ceremonies were performed for the 'public eye'.

This session combines sensory and verbal storytelling with a simple craft activity.

First floor access-via stairs.
Lift access can be arranged.

Tudor Music and Dance

Dates: 05 and 19 March 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30
Learn about the traditional Tudor music and dance at Henry VIII's Court and below the royal stairs. This session combines sensory and verbal storytelling with movement and music.

First floor access-via stairs. 
Lift access can be arranged.

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

Sensory Palaces Programme Evaluation 2018

An evaluation of the benefits for people living with dementia and their carers and the impact of the heritage setting.

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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!