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Royal Pavilion, Brighton
(4.4/5 based on 5,000+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Went in here on a very wet day and didn't know what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. The interior is astonishing and took a good while to look round 
  • Would be great gardens if not for all the rubbish and stench of pee. Great buskers though and the lawn at the rear of the Pavillion is always cleaner. 
  • 3000 excellents on TripAdvisor, and I don’t think I can add much. But you can’t go to Brighton without paying a visit, preferably on a quiet weekday. We unfortunately missed a guided tour. But there a...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful - it'll take your breath away! Stunning exterior, stunning interior and a story to match. Even the kids love it! The staff were approachable, knowledgeable and entertaining, going far beyond where you expect each time - top marks! I have deducted a star as there are just too many tantalising doorways, staircases and basement entrances that you are not allowed to nose around and no architectural features are available to see 'behind the scenes'...
  • A visit to Brighton wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Royal Pavilion and if like me you love your history you are certainly in for a treat. This oriental folly is absolutely exquisite both inside and out and every room is just dripping with sheer opulence. While the external structure has the look of an Indian Palace, once inside the decor is very definitely Oriental in its influence. The Pavilion has a fascinating history and I recommend anyone who visits to buy the guide book otherwise you will miss out on the rich history associated with this building. I wasn't surprised to learn that Queen Victoria absolutely hated the place as its extravagance and over indulgence was the complete opposite of what the dour Victorians stood for.
  • “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.
  • Wasn't sure what to expect. Turned out to be a very interesting experience. Definitely recommend the audio tour.
  • I really liked it, never did expect a place so beautiful, a treat for the eyes who love architecture!