Preston Manor

Preston Manor
Preston Drove
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex




03000 290900

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Delightful Manor House, powerfully evoking the atmosphere of an Edwardian gentry home both ‘Upstairs’ and ‘Downstairs’. Explore over twenty rooms on four floors, from the superbly renovated servants’ quarters in the basement to the attic bedrooms on the top floor. Adjacent to Preston Park, the house also comprises picturesque walled gardens and a pet cemetery.

Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this venue.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open to the Public: April - September
Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 14.00-17.00

Closed: Mondays (inc Bank Holidays),
Winter Closure October - March (except for Special Events and School/Group bookings)

Admission charges

Adults: £5.50
Children: (under 16) £3.10
Concessions: £4.50

Part of Brighton & Hove Museums' Designated Collection of Decorative Art, which you can also see at Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Brighton Pavilion, is on display here. Please contact Brighton Museums for more information if you wish to see a specific item.

The collections of decorative arts include the Regency furniture and silver-gilt displayed in the Royal Pavilion, the Macquoid furniture at Preston Manor, the Willett Collection of ceramics illustrating popular history, and outstanding holdings of British and European 20th century decorative design and craft.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Steeplechasing Shell Holes: A Young Man’s War

  • 1 April — 30 September 2014 *on now

Vere Benett-Stanford, heir to Preston Manor, served in the Royal Field Artillery during World War I.

This fascinating display of personal archive material, photographs, letters and medals will reveal a glimpse into his experiences of war in France.


Free with normal admission charge.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

No Weddings but a Funeral

  • 16 May 2014 7:30-8:45pm
  • 17 May 2014 From 7:30pm

Step back to 1940 and help solve a mysterious death at the manor in this interactive promenade performance with Random Acts Theatre Company. Dressing up optional.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£15, book in advance via Brighton Fringe Ticket Office 01273 917272

Haunted House Experience

  • 31 May 2014 7pm-12:30am
  • 28 June 2014 7pm-12:30am
  • 26 July 2014 7pm-12:30am
  • 23 August 2014 7pm-12:30am

Use traditional ghost-hunting techniques to explore Brighton’s most haunted house.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£35, members £25, book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.

Behind the Scenes tour

  • 6 June 2014 11am-3:45pm
  • 4 July 2014 11am-3:45pm
  • 1 August 2014 11am-3:45pm

A chance to see hidden rooms, spaces and archive material made available especially for this tour.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£15, members £12, book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.

Photograph showing group of children on cobbled street during WW1

The 1914 House

  • 8 August 2014 11am-3:45pm
  • 15 August 2014 11am-3:45pm
  • 22 August 2014 11am-3:45pm
  • 29 August 2014 11am-3:45pm

Discover what it was like to live in 1914 at the outbreak of the First World War. Includes real-life stories and practical demonstrations.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£15.00, members £12.00, book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.

Ghost Drama Workshop performance

  • 11 — 15 August 2014

Play a part in telling the story of the most haunted house in Brighton. This week-long workshop ends with a special promenade theatre performance.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15


£125 (early bird price £100 - book by 27 June), members £100, book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.