Royal Pavilion

Address: Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE, England
Telephone: 03000 290290

- Mid-range


Feast your eyes on chandeliers and chinoiserie in this sumptuous Regency palace.

Brighton is a city which likes its pleasures undiluted, so it seems fitting that its most prominent historical landmark should be a temple to hedonism and extravagance.

Originally a simple farmhouse, John Nash upgraded it to a splendid multi-domed palace in the 1810s, at the request of George, the Prince Regent. On completion, the Pavilion was daringly modern, with state-of-the-art lighting, heating and kitchen equipment. Above all, it was flamboyant - while the architecture took its cues from India, the interior was stuffed with rich fabrics and chic Chinese-style furniture.

Several magnificent rooms are open to the public, including the splendid Banqueting Hall where George and his guests used to dine in outrageously lavish fashion.

Value for money

Price advice

Adults cost £9.80 (Brighton and Hove residents cost £4.90).

Expert tips

The Royal Pavilion is licensed for weddings.

The upstairs tearoom serves Regency dishes and classic English teas.

Events held here from time to time include concerts in the Music Room, particularly during the Brighton Festival, and gastronomic evenings in the Banqueting Hall.

Audio guides are included in the entrance fee; there are versions for adults and kids.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture