See the garden at Kingston Lacy in a new light

Winter illuminations in the garden at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Wrap up warm and see the house and garden bathed in light this festive season with a new illuminated experience transforming the Formal Garden as darkness falls.

Opening times:

23 December - 5 January: 4pm - 7pm every day
(No winter illuminations on Christmas eve and whole property closed on Christmas Day).

This year the light display takes inspiration from the stories of several members of the Bankes family. Visit Blind Walk to try your hand at an interactive light experience. Have fun pushing the buttons to light each tree with a bold colour to create your own light display. 

Enjoy a new and animated light display in the Fernery and enchanting vistas along the iconic Lime Avenue, Cedar Avenue and the Japanese Garden. Be transported to autumn in Japan with a visit to the Acer Glade where rich reds and warm oranges will be complimented by hanging Japanese Lanterns. Imagine yourself joining William John Bankes on his travels as you walk to the Obelisk, lit with hot pinks and bright oranges inspired by the desert sunsets of Egypt.

Be transported to the Far East as you discover the beautifully lit Acer Glade this Christmas
The Japanese Garden at Kingston Lacy at Christmas time
Be transported to the Far East as you discover the beautifully lit Acer Glade this Christmas

Look out for new displays in the Rose Garden where the lights will take inspiration from the many varieties of roses that appear here in the early summer.

What you need to know

The illuminated trail is approximately a 30 minute walk. The trail is wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be pre-booked from Visitor Reception in advance - please call 01202 843752 to reserve.

As the trail is around the Formal Garden, only assistance dogs are allowed.

The illuminated trail route (marked in red) around the formal garden at Kingston Lacy
The 2019 illuminated trail route at Kingston Lacy
The illuminated trail route (marked in red) around the formal garden at Kingston Lacy

Normal admission applies for non National Trust members. Members can attend this event for free. Pre-booking for the illuminations is not required

A family walks between trees under christmas lights

New for 2019: Festive family trail

If you are visiting us during the day then why not pick up a Christmas family trail of the parkland and discover more about the stories of Viola, Ralph and Daphne who lived at Kingston Lacy as children in Edwardian times? Work up an appetite exploring the woodland at this magical time of year and have a think about what festive memories are special to you.

The Saloon at Kingston Lacy at Christmas

Christmas in the house at Kingston Lacy

Discover a lavish house adorned with decorations inspired by the Christmases of the Bankes family in Edwardian times.