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British Sign Language Tours

Arrange to visit on a date when BSL services will be on site

Arrange to visit on a date when BSL services will be on site

About the tours

Tours are currently suspended

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

One of our trained and qualified Deaf BSL-using Guides or BSL Interpreter-Guides will be available to help you explore the stories of Hampton Court Palace.

The Deaf Guides (Ian Urquhart, John Wilson or Robert Heads) will give guided tours of the palace at 10:30-12:30, 13:30-15:30 (and 16:00-17:00 summer only).

BSL interpreters (Laurence Pass, Demelza Bevan or Jenny Peters) will be available all day to interpret the palace's daily, timetabled, costumed presentations and facilitate conversations with the staff.

BSL tours start from the Information Centre off Base Court, which is where you will find the Deaf Guide or BSL Interpreter. Our Deaf Guides wear a purple sash with ‘Deaf Guide’ on; our BSL interpreters wear a purple tabard with 'BSL interpreter' on the back.

Mixed deaf and hearing groups or families can ask for an interpreter to accompany the Deaf Guide on the day of their visit as long as it is booked at least 15 days in advance (due to the availability of the interpreters).

Important information

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


Next tour: Cancelled until further notice

Ticketing information

British Sign Language tours are included in your palace admission ticket, but need to be pre-booked.

Please see the 'Available dates' section below for more information.

To book a place on one of these dates, please email at least two weeks in advance [email protected], stating the date and palace you wish to visit, or call Text Relay 18001 033 3320 6000.

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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