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 2014 — 31 December 2018 *on now

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

From December 1914 to February 1916, the Royal Pavilion was offered for use as a hospital for troops from the Indian Corps wounded on the Western Front in France and Flanders during World War I. Paintings, archive photographs, contemporary accounts and film footage recall in vivid form a remarkable and often forgotten story from Brighton’s history.

Admission

Free with normal admission charge to the Royal Pavilion.

Exotic Creatures

  • 14 November 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

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.

The Royal Pavilion as a Hospital for Limbless Soldiers

  • 20 April 2016 — 1 April 2020

A display about the 6,000 amputee soldiers who received treatment, rehabilitation and training at the Royal Pavilion during the First World War.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/the-royal-pavilion-as-a-hospital-for-limbless-soldiers/

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.

Basement and Tunnel Tours

  • 11 February 2016 4:45-5:30pm *on now
  • 18 February 2016 4:45-5:30pm
  • 25 February 2016 4:45-5:30pm
  • 3 March 2016 4:45-5:30pm
  • 10 March 2016 4:45-5:30pm
  • 17 March 2016 4:45-5:30pm
  • 24 March 2016 4:45-5:30pm
  • 31 March 2016 4:45-5:30pm

Join us for a new tour offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the basement and tunnel of the Royal Pavilion and discover more about life below stairs for the servants, from the rat catcher to George's principal private secretary. The tour ends with a visit to the tunnel which led to George IV’s royal stables and riding school (now Brighton Dome).

Admission

£9.00 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.

An introduction to the Royal Pavilion

  • 13 February 2016 2:30-3:30pm
  • 20 February 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Be transported back in time with one of our expert guides on these new public guided tours. Hear stories of King George IV’s impressive banquets, balls and concerts attended by fashionable society and courtiers, and learn more about the architecture and decorative art of the Royal Pavilion.

Admission

£4.50 (plus Royal Pavilion admission), book in advance or on the door. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues or you can you can buy tickets online. 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.

Pavilion Tales

  • 11 February 2016 12-12:45pm *on now
  • 18 February 2016 12-12:45pm
  • 25 February 2016 12-12:45pm

Join us in the magnificent Music Room for secrets, stories and unexpected histories in these regular pop-up talks by Royal Pavilion & Museums staff.

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/pavilion-tales-2/

The Royal Pavilion and the First World War

  • 20 February 2016
  • 9 April 2016

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 glimpse of the famous secret tunnel.

Admission

£25, members £20, 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 you can buy tickets online. 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/discover/events/event/the-royal-pavilion-and-the-first-world-war/

The Earth Laughs in Flowers

  • 18 March 2016

Celebrate the beginning of spring with a joyful evening of words and music with mezzo-soprano Pippa Dames-Longworth and Nicholas Bosworth at the piano. Enjoy pieces by Handel, Fauré, Bizet, Gilbert and Sullivan, Ivor Novello, Joyce Grenfell and Rudyard Kipling all in the perfect setting of the Music Room.

Pippa’s career has taken her throughout Europe and beyond. She has sung for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Paris Opera, for SkyArts, the BBC Proms and for the Edinburgh International Festival.

‘Irresistible gripping theatre, with a vigorously projected performance from Pippa Dames-Longworth.’ The Times

‘Spellbinding…my annual treat’ Peter Florence, Director, Hay-on-Wye Festival

Doors open at 7.30pm and the performance starts at 8pm. Ticket includes a glass of white wine/soft drink in the interval.

Admission

£32.50, members £28.50, book in advance (includes a glass of white wine/soft drink in the interval). You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues or you can buy tickets online. 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/discover/events/event/the-earth-laughs-in-flowers-2/

First and Foremost Events Ltd Presents Worbey & Farrell – Four Hands One Piano!

  • 22 April 2016

Come and be amazed by Worbey and Farrell…where four hands and one piano raise the roof! Following sell-out shows at The Edinburgh Festival, and prestigious venues around the world, the internationally acclaimed piano duo bring their unique take on the world’s greatest music to The Royal Pavilion’s Music Room for one night only. The ingenuity and wit of these amazing four-hands-one-pianomusicians will make you laugh out loud and simply take your breath away.

Expect spectacular arrangements, original compositions and utterly sensational piano-playing.

Two shows:

Pre-drinks 7-7.30pm, performance 7.30-8:30pm
Pre-drinks 9-9:30pm, performance 9.30-10:30pm

Admission

£32.50, members £28.50, book in advance (includes a pre-show glass of white wine/soft drink). You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues or you can buy tickets online. 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/discover/events/event/first-and-foremost-ltd-presents-worbey-farrell-four-hands-one-piano/

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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