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/

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 Royal Pavilion and the First World War

  • 5 July 2015 10am-1:30pm *on now
  • 9 August 2015
  • 22 August 2015

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

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£20, members £15, 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/

The Sussex Symphony Orchestra – Waterloo

  • 18 July 2015 7:30-9:30pm

The Sussex Symphony Orchestra perform pieces by Cherubini, Samuel Barber, Gabriel Faures and Beethoven to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£30, members £20 (includes a glass of sparkling wine), book in advance. 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/

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/

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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