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Booking info

Spaces for Sensory Palaces sessions are very limited. All participants must be pre-booked. If you are interested in booking a space on an upcoming session, please emailsensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk to arrange a phone discussion.

People living with dementia must come to sessions with a carer.

Free (advanced booking required)

Each Sensory Palaces session provides a chance to explore stories from the palace, participate in fun, sensory 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. They are delivered by expert freelancers, skilled in supporting people living with early ‘mild’ stage dementia and their carers.

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

Research partners

We are embarking on an academic research project in 2017-18. We aim to measure the impact of the heritage environment on the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their carers. Researchers will be part of some of the 2017 sessions. Help us understand the impact of the programme!

Session dates and times

Bells, Battle Cries & Ballads

Tues 11 Apr and Tues 9 May 2017

10.30 – 12.30

An interactive musical tour of Kew Palace exploring songs and music of George III’s times.

What did the King listen to?

Sensory Postcard from Kew Palace

Tues 13 Jun and Tues 12 September 2017

10.30 – 12.30

Arts and craft session exploring 17th century history of Kew Palace as silk merchant’s home.

How did silk built the Kew Palace?


The Kitchens of King George III

Tues 11 Jul and Tues 8 Aug sessions

10.30 – 12.30

Sensory tour in the unique Georgian Kitchens.

What did George III eat in February 1789?



Contact us

Email find out more about any aspects of Sensory Palaces, please contact sensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk