High Rise has been designed to be inclusive and accessible, including for those with additional needs, and we are pleased to have two innovative, state-of-the-art sensory rooms within our centre in Lisburn.

  • Sensory Room 1 is a larger space, suitable for exclusive family bookings, for larger groups, or for a number of guests to use at the same time.  This multi-sensory room offers a stimulatory environment that can be adapted to the needs of our guests – whether that’s sensory play, to encourage sensory development, stimulating the five senses or just relaxation.
  • Sensory Room 2 is a smaller, more intimate sensory space. It can accommodate up to three guests in a single group, such as a family, and is particularly suitable for relaxation, quiet and chilling out.

The sensory rooms at High Rise Lisburn are open Thursday-Sunday, providing a welcoming space for everyone, whatever their age or ability.

The spaces can be adapted to meet a range of needs, whether that’s playing with sensory toys, engaging with the stimulating equipment within the rooms or just simply taking some time away from the noise and activity in the rest of the centre. We strongly recommend guests to pre-book the sensory rooms at High Rise, prior to visiting.


Key features

  • Two innovative sensory rooms for sensory play, stimulation or relaxation
  • Open sessions and exclusive hire available
  • In-house sensory assistant to support guests (when available)
  • Changing Places toilet on ground floor
  • Group bookings welcome (limit on numbers applies)
  • Programme of sensory classes

Further information

To read more about our multi sensory rooms, including some of the features and who they are for, click here.

Sensory room prices and session times

The sensory rooms at High Rise Lisburn may be booked for individual or group use. Guests are strongly advised to pre-book to avoid disappointment. Please note that parents and carers always remain responsible for the child(ren) or adult(s) they are supporting.

Sensory Room 1

Sensory Room 1 is our larger multi-sensory room. Sensory Room 1 sessions last for 45 minutes and start on the hour eg 10am, 11am etc. If you choose to book an open session, then other guests may also book to use the room at the same time as you. Alternatively, you can book an exclusive session meaning that the room will be unavailable to other guests.

  • Exclusive use booking for individuals or groups: £25
  • Child/adult: £5
  • Accompanying parent or carer: £2

Sensory Room 2

Sensory Room 2 is our smaller multi-sensory room. Sensory Room 2 sessions last for 30 minutes and start on the half hour eg 10.30am, 11.30am etc.

A booking for Sensory Room 2 costs £10 – this is for exclusive use and is suitable for one small group / family (up to 3 people).

We have implemented a very small price increase to some of the activities within High Rise, effective from Monday 2 October 2023, as a result of rising costs. Read more here.


Sensory for babies classes at High Rise

Sensory for babies classes take place in Sensory Room 1 at High Rise, led by our sensory assistant, and making use of the state of the art sensory equipment within the room, such as the bubble tube, projector and lighting. During the classes, babies, along with a parent, explore a new theme each week, such as under the sea, journey into space and over the rainbow.

The classes are suitable for babies from around six weeks old up 9 months (or crawling age) approximately.

Classes take place in 6 week blocks and should be pre-booked. They include some free time to explore the sensory room after the class activities, and a cup of tea or coffee is provided.

To find out when our next sensory for babies classes are happening, sign up to our email newsletter here.


Sensory for babies graduation at High Rise Lisburn

Our supporters

The installation of the sensory rooms in High Rise has been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. This has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players. On behalf of those who will benefit from these facilities, we are very grateful for their support.

Thank you also to Leckey, a local Lisburn-based company, that designs and manufactures equipment for children who have a disability who have loaned specially adapted chairs for use in the sensory rooms at High Rise. These are designed to assist children with low muscle control to sit up and enjoy the space.

We are also grateful for support through Start Here, an employment and skill initiative funded by the Rank Foundation.

Journey to the sensory rooms at High Rise Lisburn

Our sensory assistant Julie brings guests on a journey from arriving at High Rise to the multi-sensory rooms – helping guests to prepare for their visit to the centre.

Guest feedback

Watch the video below to find out more about what our guests told us about the benefits of using the multi-sensory rooms at High Rise.

Know before you go

We know how important it is to be prepared for your visit to the sensory rooms at High Rise, so here is some further information to help ensure you and all our guests can have a great experience.

  • Sensory room sessions should be booked online – all bookings must be paid in full at the time of booking.
  • Sensory Room 1 sessions last for 45 minutes.
  • Sensory Room 2 sessions last for 30 minutes.
  • All guests are encouraged to read more about what is on offer in the sensory rooms at High Rise, on our website, and to contact us if you have any queries – email contact@highriseni.org.
  • We recommend all guests use the bathroom before entering the sensory rooms.
  • Sensory Room 1 is available to more than one guest at a time, unless booked for exclusive use. We will try to accommodate the needs of all guests – for example, preferences for light colours and music – however this may not always be possible unless the room is booked exclusively.
  • The maximum capacity of Sensory Room 1 will depend on the individual needs of guests, but is typically limited to six guests. Sensory Room 2 can accommodate up to three guests in one family/group.
  • All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times.
  • We have a sensory assistant in High Rise to support guests (when available). A booking of a sensory room session does not guarantee the sensory assistant will be available.
  • High Rise staff monitor the sensory rooms, but do not take responsibility for the supervision of guests.
  • It is the supervising adult’s responsibility to familiarise themselves with the instructions given to operate the various sensory room controls. If you need assistance, a staff member will be happy to help.
  • Please respect the equipment. The sensory rooms should be left as they are found to ensure that all subsequent guests can enjoy a positive experience.
  • Shoes are not permitted in the sensory rooms and should be stored in the buckets outside.
  • Socks must be worn at all times
  • The sensory rooms are designed for therapeutic purposes. Everyone who enters the rooms should respect this, and the needs of our guests.
  • No food, drink or chewing gum is allowed in the sensory rooms at any time.
  • The sensory rooms will be cleaned, refreshed and reset for the next guests between sessions.
  • Cancellation policy: Bookings must be paid in full at time of booking. All bookings are non-refundable and no cancellations or rescheduling of bookings is permitted.
  • For more information read our full Terms and Conditions. Use of the sensory rooms at High Rise indicates your acceptance of these.

We want everyone to enjoy their visit to High Rise and have attempted to create an environment that is as safe as possible. However, the very nature of the activities means that accidents can occasionally happen.  We cannot therefore accept responsibility for injury or damage to guests or their clothing whilst using the sensory rooms. Parental/carer supervision is essential.