Sensory Palaces


Wednesday 20 April and Thursday 19 May

Booking information

Advanced booking only. 

Free (advance booking required)

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A wellbeing programme for people living with dementia and their carers

Our Sensory Palaces sessions engage participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces and gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

Each session provides a chance to explore different 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 and their care partners. They are delivered by expert freelancers, skilled in supporting people living with dementia.

Our next sessions:

Searching for Anne Boleyn

Join us for a session exploring the poignant reminders of Henry VIII’s second wife in his magnificent Great Hall. Find out more about her fall from grace, then join us in decorating delicious biscuits with your own symbols and insignia.

First floor access. Lift available

Date: Wednesday 20 April

Time: 10.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.00

Tennis and Tournaments: fun and games at the Tudor court

Join us in visiting the Royal Tennis Court and find out more about out how sports-mad Henry VIII and his courtiers unwound at Hampton Court Palace.

Ground floor access

Date: Thursday 19 May

Time: 10.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.00

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 comprising 18 heritage sites across the UK who are committed to developing and sharing dementia-friendly heritage best practice. New contacts are more than welcome!

Community group exploring the stores at Hampton Court Palace.
Tours and talks

Explore Hampton Court Palace for free with your local community or adult learning group.

Hampton Court Palace

Free (advance booking required)

British Sign Language (BSL) guide in the King's Guard Chamber of Hampton Court Palace explaining/guiding to a visitor
Tours and talks

Book a place on a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of Hampton Court Palace and discover its wonderful stories.

Next tour: Cancelled until further notice

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)