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

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 £11.00
Child (5-15) £6.00

Family tickets
2 adults with up to 2 children £28.00
1 adult with up to 2 children £17.00

Concessions (ID required) £9.00
Seniors (60 or over) £9.00
Students £9.00
Unemployed £9.00
Disabled £9.00 (accompanying carer Free)
B&H Residents £5.50

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

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.

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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