An escorted description service is available to take blind or partially sighted visitors
9 April 2021. Following the death of His Royal Highness, there will be changes to opening hours for the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle. For further information, please read our FAQs page
Join one of our expert room describer volunteers to find out which bits of the building can be touched and to get a sense of the scale of the rooms.
Volunteers are available on any day that suits you, between 10:30 and 16:00.
Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and must be booked in advance to ensure availability. Please give us plenty of notice, especially if you plan to bring a group of blind/partially sighted visitors.
It would also be helpful if you could let us know which areas of the palace you particularly want to visit so that we can plan accordingly.
Please also leave contact details so that we may contact you to confirm your place and to make appropriate arrangements for meeting your escort.
Visitors who only want an escort for a short time will still find plenty to do at Hampton Court Palace.
Our audio tours are available in versions for partially sighted visitors - please speak to the staff at the distribution desk in the Information Centre if you wish to use them.
Our costumed interpreters may also willing to let visitors feel their costumes when they are wandering around the courtyards - but be careful to ask permission first, especially of King Henry VIII!Discover more about access at Hampton Court Palace