Preston Manor

Preston Manor
Preston Drove
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex
BN1 6SD
England

Website

www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/museums/prestonmanor/pages/home.aspx

E-mail

visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Telephone

03000 290900

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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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.

Admission

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.
Photograph showing group of children on cobbled street during WW1

The 1914 House

  • 29 August 2014 11am-3:45pm *on now

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

Admission

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

Behind the Scenes tour

  • 19 September 2014 11am-12:45pm
  • 24 October 2014 11am-12:45pm
  • 5 December 2014 From 11am

Go through the door marked ‘private’ on this fascinating and surprising backstage tour that reveals the hidden half of the house.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

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

Eerie afternoon of Phantom Tales

  • 28 September 2014 2:30-4pm

An eerie promenade tour, phantom tales and ghostly readings on the last public opening day before the house sleeps for winter.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with Preston Manor admission.

The 1914 House Autumn

  • 10 October 2014 11am-3:45pm

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Haunted House Experience

  • 18 October 2014 7pm-12:30am
  • 1 November 2014 7pm-12:30am
  • 6 December 2014 7pm-12:30am

Join experienced investigative guides and use traditional ghost-hunting techniques on an after-dark exploration of Brighton’s most haunted house.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35 (early bird price £30 - book by 30 Sep), members £25, book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.

Halloween Ghost Tours

  • 31 October 2014 7-11pm

Hear tales of ghostly sightings past and present on a chilling tour through rooms infamously renowned for paranormal activity. Not suitable for children.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£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 Christmas

  • 22 November 2014 2-3:45pm

Discover how people marked Christmas 1914, probably the most poignant of the 20th Century, as it became clear that the war would not be ‘over by Christmas’.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

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

Father Christmas at Preston Manor

  • 22 — 23 December 2014 10am-5pm

This year Father Christmas is stopping off at Preston Manor bringing with him all the magic of a nostalgic Victorian Christmas at home. Meet him in Lady Ellen’s sumptuous Drawing Room then have fun on a festive treasure-hunt style tour of the house led by a seasonal costumed character.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6.50 per child, Preston Manor admission fees apply. Price includes gift. Book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.

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