Royal Pavilion

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

Website

www.brighton-hove-pavilion.org.uk

E-mail

visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Telephone

03000 290900

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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

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

Admission charges 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013:
Adult £10.00
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.

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.

Peepers Pavilion Contemporary An installation by Maisie Broadhead

  • 25 October 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

Pavilion Contemporary returns to the Royal Pavilion this autumn, with a stunning new installation in the Music Room by artist Maisie Broadhead.

Visitors are invited to experience the palace in a new way, as the Music Room becomes a decadent doll’s house, dwarfed by giant figures peering curiously in through the windows.

The installation is inspired by the scrutiny George IV experienced from a society which became obsessed, fascinated, intrigued, even disgusted by his life in the extravagant Royal Pavilion and detached from the reality of the outside world.

The work plays with our voyeuristic fascination with peering in at other people’s lives and homes - especially those of celebrities and royals.

Maisie Broadhead graduated from Brighton University and the Royal College of Art, originally working with jewellery. She works increasingly with photography and film, creating atmospheric contemporary narratives inspired by historical reference points, paintings and photographs.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Royal Pavilion admission payable. Adult £11, Child £6, Concession £9, members Free

Maisie Broadhead installation for the Music Room and the Royal Pavilion

Pavilion Contemporary - Maisie Broadhead

  • 1 November 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £10.50, Child (5-15) £5.90. Please check the website for concessions and family ticket prices.

Website

http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/RoyalPavilion/Pages/home.aspx

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 Estate and the First World War

  • 27 December 2014 10:30am-1:30pm
  • 31 January 2015 10:30am-1:30pm

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 a glimpse of the famous secret tunnel.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20, members £15, book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.

Meet the author with City Books: John Julius Norwich

  • 4 February 2015 7-9pm

Author John Julius Norwich talks about his new book Cities That Shaped The Ancient World.  

Admission

£10, £8 members (includes a glass of wine), 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.brighton-hove-rpml.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.

A Passion for Piers 1814 to 1914

  • 5 March 2015 7-8:30pm

This lecture looks at 100 years of pleasure piers covering the heyday of Victorian pier building.

Admission

£10, £8 members (includes a glass of wine), 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.brighton-hove-rpml.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.

A Passion for Piers 1915 to 2015

  • 26 March 2015 7-8:30pm

This lecture celebrates piers and looks at the success stories of surviving piers and the struggle to keep them.

Admission

£10, £8 members (includes a glass of wine), 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.brighton-hove-rpml.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.

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