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) £3.50
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.
Social History, Personalities, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Dressing the Decades: 85 years of visitor clothing
- 1 May — 30 September 2018 *on now
This costume trail marks the 85th anniversary of Preston Manor opening as a museum in 1933. Take a journey through 1930s glamour, wartime bombing, 1950s formal wear and 1970s Laura Ashley, to the Pagan-inspired wedding costume worn at a first hand-fasting ceremony held at Preston Manor on the Winter Solstice in 2016.
- Any age
Child (5-15) £4.00
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm, last admission 4.15pm
Closed Monday (including Bank Holidays)
Closed (except for pre-booked groups, schools visits and special events) from 1 October to 31 March
Dressing the Decades: From the Archives
- 22 September 2018 11:15am-12:30pm
An in-depth look at the costume trail, with the opportunity to see photographs and documents from the archives.
£13, members £11 (includes Preston Manor admission and tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival), book in advance
Brighton & Hove