Sensory palaces

Engaging participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces of our palaces.

Engaging participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces of our palaces.


  • Closed until spring 2019

Ticketing information

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 email with the following details:

- Name
- Mobile number
- Arrival information (minibus/taxi, car registration for free parking, public transportation)
- And any Special requirements (mobility concerns, allergies, etc.)

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!

Session dates and times

Bells, Battle Cries & Ballads

Tuesday 12 June and Tuesday 17 July 2018


Music making in Kew Palace. Explore and learn popular songs of the Georgian period while touring the family home of George III.

First floor level, lift access available on request.

Sensory Postcard

Tuesday 14 August and Tuesday 11 September 2018


Learn about the origins of Kew Palace and how the silk trade helped to build the smallest of the royal palaces. Participants are invited to create an original sensory postcard inspired by the palace gardens.

Ground floor access