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.

The Royal Pavilion as a Hospital for Limbless Soldiers

  • 20 April 2016 — 1 April 2020 *on now

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.

An introduction to the Royal Pavilion

  • 3 December 2016 2:30-3:30pm *on now
  • 10 December 2016 2:30-3:30pm
  • 17 December 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Be transported back in time with one of our expert guides. 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 interiors of the Royal Pavilion.

Admission

£4.50 (plus Royal Pavilion admission), 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 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/discover/events/event/an-introduction-to-the-royal-pavilion/

Basement and Tunnel Tours

  • 5 December 2016 4:15-5pm
  • 8 December 2016 4:15-5pm
  • 12 December 2016 4:15-5pm
  • 15 December 2016 4:15-5pm

Join us for 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).
Please note: due to the service areas covered in this tour it may be subject to last minute cancellations and alterations.

Admission

£12, members £10, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri)or in person at any of our venues. 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-tunnel-tours/

Pavilion Tales

  • 8 December 2016 12-12:30pm
  • 15 December 2016 12-12:30pm
  • 22 December 2016 12-12:30pm
  • 29 December 2016 12-12:30pm

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

Admission

Free with Royal Pavilion admission

Website

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

Christmas at the Royal Pavilion

  • 19 November 2016 — 4 January 2017 *on now

Experience a magical Christmas at the Royal Pavilion. The fires are lit, the candles are flickering, the spectacular Banqueting Room table is laid for a Royal feast and the building is transformed with festive decorations and glittering trees. Pavilion-inspired decorations including dragons, birds and flowers bring sparkle, glamour and Christmas cheer for all the family, with drop-in activities and themed trails for children. Check our website for more details.

Admission

Free with Royal Pavilion admission

Website

http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/events/event/christmas-at-the-royal-pavilion/

Exclusive Christmas Evening Tours

  • 15 December 2016 5:15-7:15pm

These exclusive evening tours offer visitors a special opportunity to experience the festivity of the Royal Pavilion after hours. Led by expert guides, the tour takes you through the magnificent State Apartments, specially decorated for Christmas, and ends with a glass of sparkling wine in the Great Kitchen, a copy of the Official Souvenir Guidebook and a 20% discount in the Royal Pavilion Shop.
Group tours available via arrangement, minimum 25 guests

Admission

£35, members £30, book in advance. You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venue or online 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/discover/events/event/exclusive-christmas-tours/

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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