Royal Pavilion, Brighton

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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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  • August 21, 2017
    Great great. Worth to get with them. Very nice to just walk around the Park/site. Suitable for people of all ages.
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  • August 21, 2017
    I've been to Brighton many times but haven't visited the Royal Pavilion before. I'm glad I eventually did because it was so worth while. We arrived as it opened on a Saturday morning so it wasn't busy...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Such a beautiful palace. An interesting history lesson and great tea rooms. Perfect for a dull day! In fact so good we bought an annual membership.  more »
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  • Unassuming museum and was initially not keen in paying £13 for entry but so glad I did as I was BLOWN AWAY by the amazing interior and architecture of it. The overall size of the museum is small but we spent a good 2-3 hours pouring over all the amazing details from the fantastic wallpapers to the beautiful carpets. We also spent some time sitting on the balcony in the tea room where the sun was shining whilst we had some delicious pastries. Highly recommend visiting this museum!
  • One of the Faces of Brighton. Don't be fooled by the drab, albeit fascinating exterior. The interior will arouse you. Leave a good few hours to absorb it all. The surrounding gardens are a local favourite. Great for relaxing, meeting, or having fun. Nice outdoor cafe.
  • A really nice outing. It's great to see the various different styles juxtaposed adjacent to each other. There is a nice cafe upstairs that serves the most heavenly cream teas, which really are a must! Entrance is not prohibitively expensive and it's worth a visit. We loved it.
  • Very beautiful and interesting. Loved visiting and would happily go again. Booked tickets online and got a discount. Would have liked there to gave been more information about its use as an Indian hospital during the war, but it's much smaller than I expected and so not sure how they would fit that in. But still had a lovely time.
  • I only visited Brighton three times and twice I had to come here to feel the magnificence! I love the design and the history behind. Haven't been inside yet, but next time I'm hoping to 😁

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