The Chine illuminations

Enjoy the splendour of the Chine by day … then wonder at its mystical beauty on summer nights during the Chine Lumière when hundreds of lights illuminate the narrow paths, streams and waterfalls held within. Without doubt this is the hidden gem in the Island’s crown jewels.

At night the Chine is transformed into a place of magic and enchantment. About five miles of cable and just under 200 lights have been installed, the majority of the lights being the most modern and up-to-date available; the waterfall is illuminated by LEDs.

2018 Illuminations Times and Dates

22nd March – 24th May 10am – 5pm
25th May – 30th September 10am – 10pm
Closed 1st October – 19th October
Reopening 20th October – 28th October Half Term 12.00 noon to 7pm
(last entry is 6.30 pm closing @ 7.00 pm promptly)

*Note that the illuminations are subject to weather conditions, lights for this event normally get switched on around 4pm. (subject to time of year and sunset )


The overall concept of the lighting is to give the impression of a cathedral roof and this has been achieved with considerable success.

One enthralled small boy was overheard saying “I am enjoying this; it’s like a nice dream – it’s like being in fairyland”.

It is worth visiting the Chine both day and evening as you will have very different and equally magical experiences.

Should the path lights fail do not worry, an emergency lighting system will switch on automatically. Due to the many pathways in the Chine it has proved impossible to hide all the light sources but improvements and additions are constantly being made.

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