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. Put Royal Pavilion and other Brighton attractions into our Brighton trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • A place you must visit! One of the most interesting palaces I have ever visited. Influenced by Indian and Chinese architecture, beautifully decorated and well preserved. Highly recommend to purchase the multiple ticket for two days that allows you to visit the royal pavilion, the museum as well as the Preston manor. Don't miss the exhibition of satirical caricatures from the time of king George!
  • An awesome place and a must visit. But the entry fee is a bit too much for the features inside. Also photography is not allowed which spoils the fun of such a beautiful interior
  • Lots of interesting history and a lovely little cafe where you can sit in or outside and have tea in a pot, cake, or a very substantial sandwich (coronation chicken was delicious, and the ploughman's came with a decent hunk of cheese). The rooms are amazing, Oriental, in a way that could only be dreamed of (a very western fantasy), but they are incredibly grand (although in any other setting might be described as gaudy). Well worth a visit. If you're likely to go back more than once in a year, or visit the gallery opposite, it's worth looking into a yearly pass. There are not many signs up about the place, so you may want to get the website up, or if you're into more detail, rent an audio guide for a couple of quid.
  • I was so surprised when I got in! It's totally different from other European palaces/royal buildings! Totally worth the visit! The inside is crazy beautiful and colourful. The painted walls are full of amazing details :) I was very skeptical about visiting it but was so impressed and inspired afterwards! Happy I paid and got in :)
  • Good price, lovely place. Not much written information (£2 audio guide) not very informative for the deaf. Pretty place lots for the eyes to see 😊

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