Royal Pavilion

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Royal Pavilion
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
10:00 - 16:30
Monday
10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:30
Thursday
10:00 - 16:30
Friday
10:00 - 16:30
Saturday
10:00 - 16:30
Sunday
10:00 - 16:30
About
The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. A Prince's Treasure - A spectacular loan from Her Majesty The Queen is currently on display at the Royal Pavilion until Autumn 2021. The culmination of a collaborative venture between Royal Collection Trust and the Royal Pavilion & Museums, over 120 remarkable decorative works of art that were originally commissioned by the Prince Regent, have been relocated from Buckingham Palace and re-united in their previous setting of the Royal Pavilion.
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Georgina A
4 contributions
Awesome
Nov 2021 • Couples
Fantastic place. Well worth a visit. Amazing chandeliers. You really don't know.where to look next as there's so much to see.
Written 1 December 2021
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7TJay
Stevenage, UK12 contributions
Splendid example of a Royal Palace
Nov 2021
The Pavilion has been refurbished and is beautiful. The decor is stunning in places with beautiful ceilings, walls and floors decorated to a high standard. At the end of the tour there is an explanation of the techniques and materials used in the refurbishment.
Written 30 November 2021
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CalBristol
Weston super Mare, UK1,987 contributions
An extraordinary pleasure palace!
Nov 2021
The Prince Regent has never been held in high esteem and the Royal Pavilion could be held as a folly on the grand scale, but to my mind, it highlights his taste in art, furniture and decor and showcases the workmanship of the people who decorated and furnished the palace.
The admission fee of £16 admits you to the Pavilion for a year which is good value if you live nearby. There are stewards in each room who are very informative and friendly, and can usually answer any question about the rooms they are in. If you have a smartphone, you can download a guide otherwise you have to rely on the printed guidebook and/or the room stewards.
The main coridor gives you a first taste of the chinoiserie style of the decorations - but nothing can prepare you for the most astounding room, the Banqueting Room, with its opulent and magnificent decor, enormous chandeliers (the central one held in a dragon's claws) and huge torcheres, etc. togther with the height of the room, all of which is quite likely to overwhelm the visitor! The table is laid for the dessert course of a banquet and the porcelain dinner service, candelabra and decorations all give an impression of what a Regency banquet table would have looked like.
The Great Kitchen is comparatively plain by the standards of the Pavilion and was presided over by the famous chef, Careme, whose menu for a banquet is on display here. It is hard to imagine that all the food was prepared in this kitchen! The copper "batterie de cuisine" is impressive as are the varous methods of cooking, roasting, baking, boiling on display.
After the Banquesting Room, the circular Saloon decoration seems quite restrained but the Music Room is another riot of colour and finishes, the chandeliers in the famous "Water Lily" design, first lit by gas in 1821! The large porcelain Pagodas (on loan from Buckingham Palace) are back in their rightfull places. The King's Private Apartments and the rooms up on the first floor are all quite simple and restrained by comparison.
At the present time (and until the end of 2021) the Pavilion is home to some of the artifacts removed by Queen Victoria after she left the Pavilion and these all look superb in what were their original settings.
If you are visiting Brighton, then this building is not to be missed. The only thing that I would say is that it was built as a pleasure palace and although the furnishings and decor ore sumptuous and lavish, the purpose of the building has been lost and it now seems rather lacking in atmosphere. I wonder if the additon of say, some background period piano music in the Music Room or the murmur of conversation in the Banqueting Room would add to the visitor experience? And of course, the addition of some cooking smells in the kitchen would be a delight and add to the artificial joints of meat, herbs and fruit already on display - the addition of smells in some museums can really add to the visitor experience. The sound of the clocks ticking and striking the hour summons up a bygone age and would certianly add to the atmosphere, as they do in so many country houses.
By the way, there is also an excellent Gift Shop at the end of your visit with a wide range of gifts and souvenirs.
Written 28 November 2021
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Paul F
Chesterfield, UK1,892 contributions
Stunning, enchanting in equal measure
Nov 2021 • Couples
The Royal pavilion in Brighton is a must see venue if you can spare around 3 hours. Staffed in each room by helpful and knowledgeable people who can discuss in detail historical facts about the use of each room and the many features.
Each room or set of rooms has a theme, although the over ridding decor seems to be Chinese in origin mostly aquired by Queen Victoria and now on loan from Buckingham Palace.
Written 28 November 2021
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Wendy W
Stafford, UK100 contributions
Interesting and worth a visit
Nov 2021
Excellent guide downloaded free onto your phone makes it easy to understand each room. The guides are very good
Written 26 November 2021
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ian m
13 contributions
A great way to spend a couple of hours.
Nov 2021
You’ve really got to go here if you haven’t before…amazing place to spend an hour or two walking around….lovely helpful and friendly staff too. Highly recommended.
Written 23 November 2021
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PestfromBuda
Chiswick, UK563 contributions
Such a stunner
Nov 2021
When I first visited many years back, the Pavilion was faded, the second it was under scaffolding and work was being carried out, now it has emerged from its chrysalis as the gorgeous bitterly it must have been when first built. The restoration works have been top quality and we could have stayed all day studying each room in detail. Out of season made it even more special.
Written 22 November 2021
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SMALLKS
Brentwood, UK14 contributions
Stunning Royal Pavilion
Nov 2021
Beautiful building to walk around, the guided tour on your phone, and informative cards in the rooms are great. I would highly recommend this.
Written 22 November 2021
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yorkyld
Coventry, UK60 contributions
Impressive
Nov 2021 • Couples
We were really impressed by the grandeur of the palace and found the staff and QR code guide very informative. It has to be seen to be appreciated as words cannot express just how impressive some of the rooms are. The entry fee (£16)gives a one year pass to visit as many times as you like and if we lived nearer we would definitely go again. We spent over two hours in there and had the cafe been open it would have been longer.
Written 19 November 2021
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reginald b
12 contributions
An historic Gem
Nov 2021
Very colourfully lit for the Christmas season good for photography . This building is a memorable one for anyone visiting Brighton for the very first time or as a regular visitor .
Written 19 November 2021
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