Sensory palaces


  • Now taking bookings for April and May sessions

Ticketing information

Advanced booking only.

People living with dementia and carers must attend together.

Contact the Sensory Palaces team by email to arrange a short conversation before your first session. This helps us ensure individuals’ needs and expectations are understood.

To book please email with these details:

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

Free (advanced 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.

Sessions are free for participants. They are delivered by expert freelancers, skilled in supporting people living with early 'mild' stage dementia as defined by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Our next sessions

Georgian Kitchens

Date: 09 April 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30

Sensory storytelling in the great Georgian kitchens and the kitchen garden. Participants are invited to create their own piece of kitchens inspired craft.

First floor level, with no lift access.

Sensory Postcard

Date: 14 May 2019
Time: 10:30-12:30

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.

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.

Download summary report Download full report

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!