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
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
Child (5-15) £6.20
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
Disabled £9.50 (accompanying carer Free)
B&H Residents £5.75
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- 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.
Social History, Personalities, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
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.
A Royal Room Restored
- 8 September 2018 — 8 September 2019 *on now
This was the central room of the earlier Marine Pavilion. The interior decoration has changed several times since the earliest days of the building and there is currently a conservation programme to restore the Royal Pavilion’s historic Saloon to the dazzling splendour of its original interior design.
The final stages of the restoration are currently taking place and all will be revealed on the 8 September when the Saloon re-opens to the public. Decorated for King George IV in 1823, visitors will step into a room of breath-taking beauty and experience history at its visually stunning best.
- Any age
£13.50 adults, £12 concessions, £8 children
Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion
- 7 February — 9 June 2019
Hat-maker to the stars, Stephen Jones OBE takes over the Royal Pavilion in a dazzling new exhibition, showcasing some of his most famous designs. The Royal Pavilion has long been an inspiration to Jones and many of his hats reflect the wonderful, whimsical, radical nature of the Royal Pavilion, specifically his Spring/Summer 2012 collection Chinoiserie-on-Sea.
The site-specific exhibition shows hats worn by celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Diana, Princess of Wales and also those made in collaboration with the world’s best fashion designers, including Dior, Thom Browne, Giles Deacon and Comme des Garçons.
In partnership with Harvey Nichols
Royal Pavilion admission payable
4-5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton & Hove