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Preston Manor, Brighton

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 85 reviews on the web
Preston Manor is the former manor house of the ancient Sussex village of Preston, now part of the coastal city of Brighton and Hove, England. The present building dates mostly from 1738, when Lord of the manor Thomas Western rebuilt the original 13th-century structure (part of which remains inside), and 1905 when Charles Stanley Peach's renovation and enlargement gave the house its current appearance. The manor house passed through several owners, including the Stanfords—reputedly the richest family in Sussex— after several centuries of ownership by the Diocese of Chichester and a period in which it was Crown property. Since 1932, when the Stanford family bequeathed the building to Brighton Corporation, Preston Manor has been a museum and exhibition venue evoking upper-class life during the Edwardian era. A walled garden, designated as being of historic interest, has old flint walls, a ruined wellhouse and a pet graveyard, among other features. The manor house is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Britain: it has been the subject of ghost tours and television programmes, and a wide range of ghostly sightings have been alleged over a long time period. English Heritage has listed the house at Grade II* for its architectural and historical importance; some other structures in the garden are listed at the lower Grade II.
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  • Well worth a visit to this stately home. not only is it full of history and the standard antiques you find in stately homes but it is also reportedly haunted. I think Most Haunted actually filmed a sh...  read more »
  • The staff at Preston Manor are outstanding; full of information, helpful and friendly. The lovely thing about this attraction is that you can wander round by yourself, in your own time and nothing is ...  read more »
  • Here is something to look at. Love such places. Nice Park, great, lots of Greens, there were almost no people. Here good to sit in silence at a picnic. A beautiful old mansion. So much interesting inside, pompous style. Be sure to visit here.
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  • I visited the gardens for an outdoor "pop-up" showing of a film by the Picturehouse cinema. Whilst the garden was a natural theatre-type setting for this entertainment, with plenty of space for audience dancing at the end of the musical film "Purple Rain", the conditions attached to the pop-up cinema were confusing. Instructions regarding "bring no food, bring no drink, bring your own seating" were inaccurate: the on-site bar was very limited, no food was available (we sent out for a pizza) and the bar sponsor had provided many deck chairs. The evening was improved greatly by Picturehouse's friendly and expert staff, who knew that the audience could be trusted to look after themselves.
  • Amazingly looked after Edwardian house. They sat it was haunted, I think it still is. The staff are very friendly and George the head gardener is a fascinating character. Must seek him out for a chat
  • Nice manor house, well presented ,clean and tidy . Parking a few hundred yards behind the tennis courts at reasonable prices above the manor house.
  • The park is nicer than the manor, take your dog for a nice walk, or go for a jog with a friend
  • sat through half the night but was consistantly told to turn camera off. This despite being told by the actor in charge that most ghosts were seen in daylight more!!. I was looking for somewhere to take a friend dying of cancer(6 months tops). After realising nothing was scientific in any way and being talked to as if i knew nothing(25yrs and 2yrs so far degree) i said 'as ive only done half the 'hunt' im happy to leave if you give me half the money back. He agreed and took me to reception. The chap at reception(nice guy) tried to get me to sign a waiver. i refused and had to sit on marble stairs(iwalk with a stick and have 3 fused vertibrae and muscular atrophy) for 2 and a half hours. The actor in charge then, after all this time first tried to ignore me, letting everyone out side door. When i got annoyed he said 'i never said id refund(in which case why was i locked out!) and said 'not my problem mate, you'll have to contact the council'. I'm disgusted as have done this 25yrs and was never treted so badly. DONT waste your money. They refuse to allow filming(suspect) and 'table tipping' was done with a table made of balsa wood and despite them trying to stop me, i lifted it with one finger. Honestly a complete con anjd were the council working 'id be ringing them now . Truly shocked and disgusted. Expected more at those prices(£35 each- party of 4) and will go to court regarding it. Thank god my dictaphone was running to prove al of this!!!
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