Sensory palaces


14 September 2021

Ticketing information

Advanced booking only.

Contact the Sensory Palaces team at [email protected]

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.

Sessions are free for participants. They are delivered by expert freelancers, skilled in supporting people living with dementia.

Our next session

George III: The Mind Behind The Myth
Date: Tuesday 14 October
Time: 10.30-12:30 and 14:00-16.00
Join the Sensory Palaces team as we explore the new exhibition at Kew Palace together. Learn more about the life of George III, his illness and the lives of those closest to him.
Exhibition spaces accessible via a lift.


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 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!

Photograph of George III's waistcoat inside Kew Palace in the George III: The Mind Behind The Myth exhibition
Things to see

To celebrate the achievements of King George III, a display in 2021 considered the real man behind the much-peddled myth. This exhibition has ended.


Kew Palace

Included in Kew Gardens admission

The Great Pagoda at Kew surrounded by blue sky and green trees
Things to see Tours and talks

Open for pre-booked private tours from July – August. See The Great Pagoda at Kew Palace, now returned to its 18th-century splendour.

Open July – September (pre-booked private tours), daily at 10:00

Kew Palace

Separate ticket

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)