Palace of Stardust

Enjoy our new light trail this Christmas

Enjoy our new light trail this Christmas

When

08 December to 03 January 2022. Excluding 11, 24, 25, 26 December

16.00-20.00. Last entry 19.30.

Where

Palace courtyards and gardens


Ticketing information

The Palace of Stardust trail excludes palace admission. 

Ticket prices:
Adult: £12.50
Child: £8.00 Under 5's go free and do not need a ticket. Children aged 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Family 1(1 adult & up to 2 children (age 5-15): £24.50
Family 2 (2 adults & up to 2 children (age 5-15): £37.00

Reduced group rate tickets for groups of 15 or more visiting together are available here.

HRP Members get half-price entry. Exclusive member-only timeslots are available.

Enter within your 15-minute timeslot. For example, if your timeslot starts at 16.00, you can enter between 16.00 and 16.15.
Please show your ticket on arrival at the West Gate, either pre-printed or on a mobile.


Separate ticket (advance booking required)

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This Christmas, prepare to be swept up in a whimsical world of planets and stars on an enchanting new light trail at Hampton Court Palace. As dusk falls across this magnificent former royal home, an atmospheric, fantastical wonderland of clocks, moons, planets and sundials is just waiting to be discovered.

Lose track of time as you explore the historic cobbled courtyards and gardens, filled with magical illuminations inspired by the palace’s famous astronomical clock; the ticking Tudor heart of Hampton Court installed by command of King Henry VIII.

From breath-taking illuminations and glowing lanterns to mesmerising projections, the incredible clock is brought to life like never before to reveal its many mysteries and the meaning behind the strange symbols on this legendary dial.

Our light trail winds through some of the palace’s stunning gardens and across a flickering moonlit ball in the East Front Gardens. You can hear ancient trees as they whisper their secrets and peek into mysterious miniature shadow worlds before being transported to another planet in the deepest depths of the Wilderness, once home to King Charles II’s formal pleasure garden. 

Along the way, indulge in seasonal food and drink, as you experience the palace gardens after-hours as you've never seen it before.

Enjoy a magical Christmas treat, perfect for all the family.

Palace of Stardust is open from 16.00-20.00. Last entry: 19.30.

Illuminated clock at night and moon with stars
Illuminated clock at night and moon with stars
Illuminated moon models on display at night

Visiting the Palace of Stardust

Palace of Stardust rules

The secret of the clock of stars is held by the clockmaker’s assistant, and she has rules you should obey on the trail if you wish to discover the secret too…

  1. Winter wind, rain and snow shall do as they please, and the historic cobbled courtyards and gravelled garden paths can be uneven underfoot; be sure to wear suitable clothing and footwear
  2. Time and space are shifting, but don’t worry, there will still be chances to stop for refreshments and festive treats on your visit. No need to bring your own – see our FAQs for more!
  3. Don’t leave anyone behind while exploring the trail! Our younger visitors must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Unsupervised visitors under 16 aren’t permitted on the trail in case they disrupt the space-time continuum.

Frequently asked questions

Some of our most commonly asked questions about the trail and how to visit.

Read our FAQs
Aerial view of a formal garden with green lawns on either side of a main path running towards the baroque palace. A fountain runs in the foreground at the centre of the path
Things to see

Take time to explore and relax in these world-renowned gardens without the usual crowds.

Open

Hampton Court Palace

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

The Tudor Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, showing the Abraham Tapestries and the room set out for day visitors.
Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Haunted Gallery at Hampton Court, looking west.
Things to see

Walk Henry VIII’s route from his private apartments to the Chapel and see the infamous Haunted Gallery in the State Apartments.

Open

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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