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Royal Pavilion, Brighton and Hove

Must see · Architectural Building · Historic Site
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. Put Royal Pavilion and other Brighton and Hove attractions into our Brighton and Hove trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Royal Pavilion 4/5 Pavilion Buildings | Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE, England a lovely place to visit especially on a sunny day  more »
  • I was blown away by the decor in the Royal Pavilion. It was simply stunning. George 4th took his influences from the orient and It shows in the interior. In my view its well worth the entry fee of...  more »
  • buskers, flowers, birds to feed, the pigeon man...all make for a very nice place to sit for a while even if the toilets are stomach churning  more »
  • Great visit. Exteriors have an Indian style and Chinese theme for interiors. The ticket price is 15 pounds per person, with 2 pounds more you can take the audio guide which is very helpful. The palace is in good condition, you can admire all the original furnitures and ornaments. Moreover, the dragon-shaped chandeliers are wonderful. At the second floor, there is a little tea room where you can sit and enjoy the view of the garden from the balcony. Super recommended!
  • Growing up in Brighton seeing the exterior of the Palace as I passed regularly but never stepping foot inside, until now! I was absolutely thrilled at the opportunity to see what was behind this Indian inspired building. To my surprise the interior isstill of flamboyant oriental designs. It's a great historical building and a must do when visiting Brighton! I would recommend the audio guides whilst walking around! You can also enjoy tea and cakes on the rooftop balcony.
  • Well worth a visit though I would try and go at an off peak time to afford crowds. Amazing building and fascinating to learn of it's history from Royal residence to military hospital. Fabulous decor and a nice little tea room upstairs. Nice gift shop and entry fee is £15 on the gate, little pricey but worth it. I think if you buy tickets online you can get them cheaper or buy combined tickets. Worth it to see the palm trees in the kitchen.
  • My wife and I were in Brighton on a trip and decided to visit the Royal Pavilion. It is a must see attraction. The Royal Pavilion has been extensively renovated recently so ensure you check out the spectacular chandelier in the Banqueting room and the nine lotus-shaped chandeliers in the fully restored music room. There are also many other interesting rooms to see. There is also a cafeteria on the first floor with nice views if you sit outside.
  • It's like a wedding cake! Look carefully at the ornamental architectural elements and they look like cake decorations. George IV was infamous for his extravagant spending but this is an incredibly beautiful structure by architect John Nash. Magnificent interiors from the Regency period are on view and are testament to the masterful artisans and craftsmen of the time. The Prince Regent later George IV, was one of a very select group of Royals who made the world a more beautiful place through the Royal Collection Trust. He was also responsible for the creation of the Grand Service of silver-gilt still in use today. Admission. 5 Wows!

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