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Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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An unusual mix of classical and Indian architectural elements was used in the building of Royal Pavilion, making it one of the most exotic-looking structures in the UK. Built in three stages between 1787 and 1823, the site was designed to be a seaside retreat for the Prince Regent, later known as King George IV. Constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century, the palace includes the most extravagant chinoiserie interiors, a style that reflects Chinese artistic influences, ever executed in the British Isles. When you visit this popular attraction, stop by the admission desk to pick up a free multimedia guide, which includes an audio tour, interview clips with members of the staff, photographs, and videos. A visit to Royal Pavilion represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Brighton vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The Palace's sumptuous and exotic at the same time. Shows the power and wealth of the British Empire, but also the eccentricity of the monarch who built it. Worth knowing.
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  • We took a guided tour with a audio player each. It was very interesting. Easily worth the extra money for the audioplayer to get the all the information. We spent 2 hours in the pavilion. 
  • Very pleasant to walk around Brighton and come across such an amazing building. Worth spending a few minutes wandering around it. 
  • “The Royal Pavilion - Brighton's Star Attraction” It has been quite a few years since I visited the interior of Brighton's 'Royal Pavilion'. However, I have observed the fantastic exterior of the 'Royal Pavilion' on hundreds of occasions. In fact, it would probably run into thousands! I have frequently walked passed it or driven passed it. Even though I live in Spain, I still see this beautiful building on a regular basis because my wife and I stay at her sister's apartment just up the road from the Royal Pavilion. It is an Oriental extravaganza of domes and spires. As magnificent as the exterior of the former Royal Palace is, I was quite unprepared for how incredible the interior! Whereas the building is based on the style of an Indian mogul's palace, the inside of the Royal Pavilion has fantastic Chinese decorative effects and lavish furnishings. There are many rooms and I particularly liked the 'Banqueting Room' with its fiery dragons and gigantic crystal chandelier. The 'Great Kitchen' was also quite splendid, but my favourite was the 'Music Room' with its crimson and gold decorations and where the Italian composer Giacomo Rossini once conducted a 70-piece orchestra. If you ever visit the 'Royal Pavilion', and I would certainly recommend you do so, do not leave without watching the film show. Seeing the history of the Palace certainly enhanced the visit for me.
  • I was very unhappy with my trip to the pavilion yesterday afternoon. In my opinion I feel that it is very over priced for something that isnt extraordinary. I feel that if you like places like this you are better off getting a National Trust membership. Furthermore; after not being told by the lady at the desk or no signs upon entry; my family and I assumed that photographs would be okay if there were no signs or anything. After taking three images I had a member of staff shouting at me like I was a child- it was abrupt, rude and unnecessary. Overall a very bad experience and I would not recommend it to anyone. A massive let down.
  • Historic building, with the most agreable gardens in Brighton, which alternate between very busy areas with live music and a small cafe, with secluded and mysterious alleys, bordered with luxurious foliage. The building itself is original, and lends an exotic touch to the area.
  • THE attraction of Brighton. Great architecture let down only by the ever present building works that are always covering some part of it's structure (same for every/attraction in England isn't it!). The grounds are nice too, especially in Summer.
  • Lots of cool Asian artefacts inside. It's pretty cool we have a mini Taj Mahal in the middle of Brighton.
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