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Accessibility

Committed to access for all

Committed to access for all

We welcome all visitors to Hampton Court Palace and aim to make everyone's day out successful and enjoyable.

Accessible Travel

Public transport

  • Hampton Court Station is step-free
  • The majority of buses accommodate wheelchair users and stop near the palace entrance

Accessible car parking

  • There are 10 allocated parking bays for visitors with access needs in the on-site car park. Since July 2023, these are all slightly wider than previously.
  • Two of these 10 parking bays are the closest parking bays to the palace entrance.
  • Parking is currently free for Blue Badge holders

 Taxi drop-off/collection

  • Please note that there are no drop-off or collection points outside the entrances to the palace
  • The nearest coach drop-off point is at Hampton Court Station (200 metres from entrance)
  • Taxis may drop off/collect visitors by the Ticket Office
Transport for London travel access guide

Accessibility guide

We've created an Accessibility Guide using the VisitEngland template.

Accessibility guide
A blind person using the audio tour while sitting in the Processional Route.

Blind or partially sighted visitors

Audio guides

Audio tours for blind or partially sighted visitors are available for the following areas:

  • William III’s Apartments
  • Tudor Kitchens

Handling points

Artefacts in the Tudor Kitchen may be handled, as these are replicas.

How to get a carer ticket

Visitors with a registered disability can obtain one complimentary adult carer ticket on the day of your visit. If you require more than one carer ticket you can present proof of need at the Ticket Office on the day of your visit to receive your additional carer ticket(s).

Carer/Companion tickets online

Adult carer/companion tickets are available to book online for visits.

Only one carer ticket can be added per booking but each disabled visitor can bring one person with them free of charge as a carer/companion. If your party requires more than one carer ticket, please book your paid tickets online and email [email protected] with your booking reference number and all proof of need. We will be happy to reserve the additional carer tickets for your party at no extra cost.

Please allow up to three working days for the team to book in your ticket. Alternatively, you can present proof of need at the Ticket Office on the day of your visit to receive your additional carer ticket(s). We always keep aside capacity and would never turn away a carer.

Deaf or hard of hearing visitors

INDUCTION LOOPS

Induction loops can be found in the following locations:

  • Ticket office
  • Audio Guide Desk in the Undercroft Shop
  • Retail points
  • Cafés

Switch your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting to activate.

We also have blue tooth headphone adaptors for hearing aids and noise cancelling headphones available.

BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE DIGITAL VISITOR GUIDE

A British Sign Language Digital Visitor Guide is available at Hampton Court Palace, telling the fascinating stories about Henry VIII’s Kitchens and the reign of George II and Queen Caroline.

The tour is self-led and is included in palace admission for British Sign Language users. For more information on the guide and where to pick it up, visit our British Sign Language Digital Visitor Guide page.

AUDIO GUIDE TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts of our audio guides can be found in the Undercroft Shop, Audio Guides Desk.

BSL guide signing to visitors in the Great Watching Chamber at Hampton Court Palace.
Group of visitors sitting at a table, including a wheelchair user

Visitors with limited mobility

Whilst we strive to make Hampton Court Palace accessible to all visitors, this historic building has many uneven surfaces and difficult staircases. We recommend that wheelchair users bring their own wheelchairs for comfort and ease.

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters

Wheelchairs and electric buggies are available. Please note that Historic Royal Palaces’ electric buggies are for outdoor use only. These are sanitised between each use.

Staff operated lift

The majority of our exhibitions are accessible to those with limited mobility as there is a lift to the State Apartments on the first floor. Please speak to a Palace Host if you wish to use it.

Guide Dogs Welcome

Trained assistance dogs are welcome inside the palace. This includes medical alert dogs. We are happy to provide water on request.

Changing Places Toilets

Hampton Court Palace does not have a Changing Places Toilet.

The nearest are located at:

  • Second floor of the Bentall Centre, Kingston, KT1 1TY
  • HFT Kingston Resource Centre, New Malden, KT3 3LJ
  • Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Chessington, KT9 2NE
  • Kew Gardens, TW9 3AB
Two visitors are shown on a visit.

£1 Tickets

£1 tickets to the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace are now available for anyone on Universal Credit and other named benefits.

EXPLORE WHAT'S ON

  • Tours and talks

British Sign Language Digital Visitor Guide

For deaf or hard of hearing visitors, discover more about Hampton Court Palace with the British Sign Language self-led digital visitor guide. Included in admission.

  • Available
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
Learn more
  • Tours and talks

Sensory Palaces

A health and wellbeing programme at Hampton Court Palace for people living with dementia and their carers.

  • New programme in spring 2024
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Free (advance booking required)
Learn more
  • Things to see

Great Hall

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

  • Open
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
Learn more

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