Preston Manor

A white building surrounded by trees and a pond
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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: £6.50
Children: (under 16) £3.50
Concessions: £5.40

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
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.

Hidden House

  • 17 July 2017

Get exclusive access to parts of the house not open to the public on this eye-opening tour revealing hidden stories and spaces.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£16.50, members £13.50, book in advance.You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/news-events/

Saturday Summer tours

  • 5 September 2015 *on now

Afternoon tours of the house with different quirky facts and stories each week. Children’s trail activity available.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5, members, residents Free, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk. You can also email visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk if you have any queries.

A £1.50 booking fee may apply to some events.
Tickets cannot be reserved without payment. Please book early as an event
may be cancelled if too few tickets have been sold.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/news-events/

The Preston Manor dog cemetery

  • 10 September 2015 11:30am-12:30pm
  • 12 September 2015 11:30am-12:30pm

As part of Heritage Open Days this tour celebrates the happy lives and poignant deaths of the Preston Manor family dogs immortalised in the pet cemetery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Behind the Scenes tour

  • 25 September 2015 11:30am-1pm
  • 16 October 2015 11:30am-1pm
  • 20 November 2015 11:30am-1pm
  • 11 December 2015 11:30am-1pm

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

11.30am-1pm £16.50, members £13.50, book in advance

Rudyard Kipling: his Life and Verse

  • 27 September 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Meet Rudyard Kipling in person as he tells his life story on this lively afternoon celebrating the famous author and one-time guest at Preston Manor.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 (plus Preston Manor admission) members £4.50, book in advance

Murder Mystery Night

  • 24 October 2015 From 6pm, From 8:30pm
  • 30 December 2015 From 6pm, From 8:30pm

A classic murder mystery in the perfect setting! Join 368 Theatre Company and follow the clues with the help of a fortifying glass of wine and the special after-hours ambience to get the little grey cells working.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20, members £15, book in advance

Cabinet of Curiosities: Preston Manor after dark

  • 30 October 2015 6-10pm

Do you dare to visit the spooky underground cellars of Brighton’s most haunted house? Prepare for Halloween with our night of entertainment and discovery. Includes guest mediums offering tarot taster-readings, ghost tales, noir short film screenings and a magic lantern show.
Museums at Night event

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£13 per adult, members £10, £6 per child (10-16 years)

manipulated photographic image showing ghost in reflection of old house's mirror

A Cabinet of Curiosities: Preston Manor after-dark

  • 30 October 2015 6-10pm

A night of entertainment and discovery with guest mediums offering Tarot and mediumship taster-readings and an explanation of how a Victorian séance worked.

Plus ghost tales, noir-short film-screenings, magic lantern and a rare chance to visit the spooky underground cellars of Brighton’s most-haunted house

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £13, members £10, child (10-16 years) £6

Website

http://www.brightonmuseums.org

An Edwardian Christmas at Home

  • 12 December 2015 2-3:30pm

A delightfully nostalgic exploration of Christmas customs and traditions. Take a tour upstairs and downstairs in our beautiful Edwardian manor house and enjoy a glass of sherry and a mince pie served in the Victorian kitchens dressed for the season.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£14.50 members £12.50, book in advance

Father Christmas at Preston Manor

  • 19 — 23 December 2015

Meet Father Christmas in the cosy fireside setting of Lady Ellen’s beautiful Drawing Room. Afterwards explore Preston Manor top to bottom and discover how a Victorian family prepared for a magical Christmas.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8 per child, Preston Manor admission fees apply. Price includes gift.

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

Website

www.brightonmuseums.org.uk

E-mail

visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Telephone

03000 290900

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