Sensory Palaces


  • Now taking bookings for the autumn programme

Booking information

Advanced booking only.

Free (advance booking required)

A wellbeing programme for people living with dementia and their carers

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.

Our next sessions

Sensory Postcard
Date: 06 August 2019
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Explore the exquisite palace gardens and create an original sensory postcard inspired by your visit to take home.
Ground floor access.

Courtiers Commentary
Date: Wednesday 4th September
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Join musician Jenni Parkinson for this session uncovering the music and drama surrounding King George I and his court.
First floor with lift access.

Queen Caroline: Power and Patronage
Date: Tuesday 01 October and Sunday 06 October
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Led by an expert freelancer this special session will explore the characterful residents of the Georgian court focusing on their favourite music, dances and entertainment. 
First floor with lift access.

Chocolate Court
Date: Tuesday 05 November and Tuesday 19 November
Time: 10.30am - 12.30
Explore the chocolate kitchens at Hampton Court, the artistry and importance of the chocolatier and the etiquette of chocolate consumption.
Ground floor access.

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!

Aerial view of a formal garden with green lawns on either side of a main path running towards the baroque palace. A fountain runs in the foreground at the centre of the path
Things to see

Renowned across the world, Hampton Court Palace's beautiful gardens are an unmissable attraction.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Mary of Modena bed in the Queen's Bedroom at Kensington Palace
Tours and talks

Helping blind or partially sighted visitors enjoy more of Kensington Palace, describer tours are available to book at no extra cost.

Selected dates - advance booking required

Kensington Palace

10:00 and 15:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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 sessions: 14-15 September 2019

Hampton Court Palace

10:30-12:30, 13:30-15:30 and 16:00-17:00

Included in palace admission (members go free)