Royal Pavilion

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As Prince of Wales, George IV first visited Brighton in 1783, aged 21, partly on the recommendation of his doctors who thought that the sea water might ease the swellings in the glands of his neck. He also found the relaxed atmosphere of the town a welcome relief from the constraints of the staid and stifling court of his father, George III. The Prince's Royal Pavilion grew over 35 years from a simple farmhouse to a spectacular palace. In 1787 Henry Holland extended the original farmhouse into a neo-classical building know as the 'Marine Pavilion'. From 1815-1823 John Nash used new technology to transform the Pavilion into the Indian style building that exists today.

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

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

October to March 10am–5.15pm (last tickets at 4.30pm)
April to September 9.30am–5.45pm (last tickets at 5pm)

Closed 24 December (from 2.30pm) and all day on 25 and 26 December

Admission charges

Adult £11.50
Child (5-15) £6.20

Family tickets
2 adults with up to 2 children £29.20
1 adult with up to 2 children £17.70

Concessions (ID required) £9.50
Seniors (60 or over) £9.50
Students £9.50
Unemployed £9.50
Disabled £9.50 (accompanying carer Free)
B&H Residents £5.75

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
  • English Heritage
  • International Council of Museums

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 Preston Manor, 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.

The Royal Pavilion's lavish interiors combine Chinese-style decorations with magnificent furniture and furnishings. Adorned with gilded dragons, carved palm trees and imitation bamboo staircases, the Palace's magnificent furniture and furnishings.

Adorned with gilded dragons, carved palm trees and imitation bamboo staircases, the Palace's unique style mixes Asian exoticism with English eccentricity. Daring and inventive colours feature throughout, and there are many original items on loan from HM The Queen.

Collection details

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

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Indian Hospital at the Royal Pavilion

Indian Military Hospital Gallery

  • 18 November 2013 — 31 December 2018 *on now

The Royal Pavilion served as a hospital for Indian Soldiers during WW1.

This poignant and often unknown story is told through archive photographs, letters, talks and a new programme of tours. Free with Royal Pavilion admission fee.

Admission

Free with normal admission charge to the Royal Pavilion.

The Magical Machines of Rowland Emett

  • 2 May — 6 November 2015 *on now

Quirky automata, magical mechanical contraptions from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and fabulous flying machines are among the whimsical and wonderful inventions of Rowland Emett (1906-1990).

The Exploratory Lunacycle has brought its moon rock samples to Hove Museum and the Humbug Major is thinking of sweets
The Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper is cleaning in the Royal Pavilion
The Featherstone Kite Flying Machine has swooped into Brighton Museum
The Ornithologist is busy at the Booth Museum
and at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft The Fairway Birdie is playing golf.

In collaboration with The Rowland Emett Society

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Check our website for admission information

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton/whats-on-2/

Exotic Creatures

  • 14 November 2015 — 28 February 2016

This exhibition explores animals in the Royal Collection, menageries and early zoos, and political beasts in the period 1750 to 1850. Discover the fascinating story of the first living giraffe in the UK, given to George IV as a diplomatic gift in 1827, plus the history of travelling menageries performing in London and Brighton, and other exotic creatures.
Families can enjoy the exhibition’s hands-on and playful approach and children are challenged to complete the Royal Pavilion Creature trail. (Purchase at admission desk). Can you find the dragons, serpents and birds as you explore the Royal Pavilion on your way to the Exotic Creatures exhibition?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £11.50 Child (5-15) £6.20

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.

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.

The Grand Victory Ball

  • 5 September 2015 *on now

In celebration of triumph at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo.

An evening of elegant music and dancing with the Green Ginger Players and a Regency Banquet.

Dance workshop: 2.30pm
Reception 6.30pm
Carriages: 11.30pm

Dress: Regency period attire

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £85

Website

http://www.hrd.org.uk/tickets/

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Two sides to every valley

  • 11 September 2015

Two sides to every valley- a walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead. An exploration of the Valley Gardens area of central Brighton.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/two-sides-to-every-valley

A concert with the Brighton Film Quartet

  • 16 October 2015 7:30-10pm

The Brighton Film Quartet, a stunning all-female piano ensemble, took this year's Brighton Fringe by storm. Piano, clarinet, cello and violin sound more like a mini orchestra than a quartet, blending cinematic and classical elements to exquisite effect. The quartet's pianist Penny Loosemore has written music for award-winning film director Trevor Hughes, and her evocative cinematic style, think ‘Amelie’ or ‘The Piano’, is, as one concertgoer put it, "sublimely moving".

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£22.50, members £18.50

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.

The Royal Pavilion and the First World War

  • 24 October 2015 10:30am-1:30pm
  • 27 December 2015 10:30am-1:30pm
  • 29 December 2015 10:30am-1:30pm

Uncover the remarkable story of the Royal Pavilion Estate as a military hospital from 1914 to 1919. This tour of the estate includes exclusive backstage access to the Dome, Corn Exchange and a glimpse of the famous secret tunnel.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£25.00, members £20.00

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.

Voices of India: The First World War

  • 21 November 2015 10:30am-7:30pm

For the past 100 years, the story of India’s role in the First World War has been largely forgotten, both within India and by the rest of the world.
This one day international conference seeks to bring to life the diverse voices and experiences of those from India affected by the conflict. Visit our website for the full programme.
In partnership with Gateways to the First World War, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, UK Punjab Heritage Association, Brighton Dome & Festival

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£60.00, Members £55.00 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.

Big Screen Love

  • 26 November — 29 December 2015

For four nights only, the Music Room is transformed into a picture palace to celebrate love on the big screen. The exotic splendour of the Royal Pavilion provides a sumptuous backdrop for a selection of cinema classics in praise of love in all its many guises.
Presented by CINECITY the Brighton Film Festival for Film Hub South East as part of the BFI’s LOVE film season UK-wide.
www.bfi.org.uk/love

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Full programme and ticket details will be announced in September www.cine-city.co.uk

Charity Carol Concert

  • 3 December 2015 7-9pm

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without carol singing, and where better to celebrate than the Royal Pavilion Music Room? Sing along with two fantastic choirs and enjoy mulled cider and mince pies during the interval.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£30. 00, Members, 20.00 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.

Christmas Banquet

  • 11 December 2015 6:30-11pm

The banquet on 18 December has sold out so book now to avoid disappointment!
Step into the past this Christmas and join us for a drinks and canapé reception followed by a three course dinner with wine and coffee in the palace’s magnificent Banqueting Room.
Catering is supplied by JRC Events, the menu is available on request from the bookings office.
Private tables of 10 available
smaller groups will be asked to share a table.
Dress code: black tie or optional period dress.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Christmas Banquet

  • 11 December 2015 6:30-11pm

Join us for a drinks and canapé reception followed by a three course meal with wine and coffee in the magnificent setting of the Banqueting Room.
Private tables of 10 available
smaller groups will be asked to share a table.
Dress code: black tie.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£97 per guest, members £87 per guest, 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/royalpavilion/news-events/whats-on-royal-pavilion/

Father Christmas at the Royal Pavilion

  • 12 — 13 December 2015 10am-5pm
  • 19 December 2015 10am-5pm
  • 22 December 2015 From 10am

Father Christmas returns to the truly extravagant Royal Pavilion for a traditional treat for all the family. After a magical meeting with the man himself, explore the Prince Regent’s party palace on a special exotic creature trail.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

10am-5pm, £9.50 per child, Royal Pavilion admission fees apply. Price includes gift. All ages, book in advance

Royal Pavilion
4-5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex
BN1 1EE
England

Website

www.brightonmuseums.org.uk

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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