Brighton & Hove
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.
Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
Open to the Public: April - September
Closed: Mondays (inc Bank Holidays),
Winter Closure October - March (except for Special Events and School/Group bookings)
Children: (under 16) £3.10
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.
Social History, Personalities, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
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.
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.
£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.
£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.
£15, members £12, book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.
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.
- 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.
£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.