Palace of Stardust is a Christmas Light Trail at Hampton Court. I visited a few days ago and I thought it would worth sharing my review as the trail is still open until 3rd January, so there is plenty of time to go for a walk if you fancy it.
The trail takes about 40 minutes to go through, but I would suggest allowing for an hour at least, so you have time to look at some displays more closely. There are a few food & drink stalls midway through, with plenty of outdoor seating. Because of the timings when Hampton Court is open for visitors and the time the trail starts, you can’t do one after other. We went for a late lunch between the two and that was the best choice, thus I’m recommending this version.
The clocks do have a meaning and a connection with Henry VIII, but you can read all about that in their free leaflet.
This is the food & drinks area.
Overall I can’t say that I was impressed, as I’ve seen better light trails and I had higher expectations. That being said, I think it is worth a visit if you are living in London. On the same day we visited the palace too and if I take that into account I think it is well worth the time and money, so that is another thing to keep in mind.
The entry tickets are £12.50 for adults with cheaper prices for children and half-prices for members of HRP. The trail is open from 4pm to 8pm. Tickets need to be booked in advance, which is what is recommended anyway, as these would most likely sell out fast. There is an Ice Rink at Hampton Court too, if that is something that might interest you too.