4-5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton & Hove
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.
Museum, Historic house or home
Open all year round.
October to March 10am-5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm)
April to September 9.30am-5.45pm (last admission 5pm)
Closed 24 December (from 14:30) and 25 & 26 December
Admission charges 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013:
Child (5-15) £5.70
Concessions £8.00 (ID required)
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.
Social History, Personalities, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
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.
Free with normal admission charge to the Royal Pavilion.
Pavilion Contemporary - Maisie Broadhead
- 1 November 2014 — 28 February 2015
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton is delighted to announce that artist Maisie Broadhead has won the commission for Pavilion Contemporary, the third in a series of major installations at the palace funded by Arts Council England.
Nicola Coleby, Creative Programmer of the Royal Pavilion says “we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Maisie Broadhead on such an exciting commission. We were captivated by the boldness of her proposal and the impact it will have on visitors to the Royal Pavilion.”
The winning project, with a working title of ‘Peepers’ will see visitors feel like tiny figures in a decadent doll’s house, as a series of photographic light boxes project giant faces peering through the windows.
Broadhead’s work plays with a multitude of ideas including the notion of ‘palace outsiders’ versus ‘palace insiders’; and our voyeuristic fascination with peering in at other people’s lives and homes - especially those of celebrities and royals. It also looks at scale and the history of the architecture of the Pavilion and the lives of its famous inhabitants.
“Whilst writing the proposal for the Pavilion I was seeing images in the media of anti-government protesters in the Ukraine seen looking with fascination through the windows of grand government buildings, it was confirmation this is the right territory for the project.” - Maisie Broadhead
- Any age
Adult £10.50, Child (5-15) £5.90. Please check the website for concessions and family ticket prices.
Royal Pavilion Christmas Banquet
- 13 December 2014 7-11pm
Enjoy a lavish three course meal and seasonal entertainment in the magnificent setting of the Banqueting Room. Dress code: black tie.
£95 per person, members £85, book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.