Royal Pavilion
Royal Pavilion
4.5
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. A Prince's Treasure - A spectacular loan from Her Majesty The Queen is currently on display at the Royal Pavilion until Autumn 2021. The culmination of a collaborative venture between Royal Collection Trust and the Royal Pavilion & Museums, over 120 remarkable decorative works of art that were originally commissioned by the Prince Regent, have been relocated from Buckingham Palace and re-united in their previous setting of the Royal Pavilion.
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  • hunky-dory55
    2 contributions
    A unique experience
    The Pavilion is an incredible building and a unique experience inside.Even my one year old grandson was filled with awe and wonder at the dragon ornate ceilings worthy of a place in a fairy tale book! We couldn't have had a warmer welcome from Callum on the reception desk who patiently helped our family group with our entry tickets with a cheery smile. Such a wonderful journey of the beautifully presented rooms and a real departure from the average historic house.We will definitely be returning soon.
    Dear reviewer, Thank you for sharing your experience at The Royal Pavilion! It sounds like you had a truly unique and memorable visit. We're delighted to hear that the building itself left you in awe and wonder. The dragon ornate ceilings must have created a magical atmosphere, even captivating your one-year-old grandson. We're glad to know that Callum at the reception desk provided you with a warm and friendly welcome. It makes a significant difference when the staff members are attentive and patient, especially when assisting a family group. We'll make sure to pass along your compliments to Callum and acknowledge their excellent service. We appreciate your intention to return soon. We look forward to welcoming you back and providing you with another exceptional visit. Thank you once again for sharing your feedback, and we hope you continue to make cherished memories at The Royal Pavilion. Warm regards, The Royal Pavilion Team
    Written 20 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 February 2023
  • Alex P
    4 contributions
    Interesting tour of the royal residence
    The price is £17 for full ticket (can be reused for a year) and £10 for Brighton and Hove residents (non-reusable). The tour can be listened to /read on your phone as you walk around the rooms + upstairs. Recommend to go early in the morning to beat the crowds so you can get nice pictures of the halls. Interesting to read about the life of King George. However, some exhibits were missing during my visit.
    Thank you for sharing your feedback! We're glad you found reading about King George's life interesting. We apologize for any missing exhibits during your visit. Your input is valued, and we strive to improve. We hope to provide an even better experience on your next visit.
    Written 20 June 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • GrimsbyMariner15
    Grimsby, United Kingdom239 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    An amazing visit with wonderful opulent interior to explore. Great vision for George IV considering he had never visited China or India. Great workmanship from craftsmen designing metal to resemble bamboo. Interesting information and artefacts from George IV coronation too.
    Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to hear that you had an amazing visit to the Royal Pavilion. The opulent interior provides a captivating experience, and it's remarkable to think that George IV envisioned such grandeur despite never having visited China or India. We're glad that you found the information and artifacts from George IV's coronation to be interesting as well. Thank you for your kind words, and we highly appreciate your recommendation. We hope to welcome you back for another wonderful exploration in the future.
    Written 19 June 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,044 contributions
    Pleasure palace was a highlight of our trip
    The Prince Regent, later to become George IV, built this sumptuous pleasure palace in Oriental style. The Chinese influence is obvious, even though the Prince Regent had never visited the East. Our guide was very informative; he pointed out that the dragon was fierce and warlike, like a Welsh dragon, because the artisans had never seen the majestic Chinese dragons, which are peaceful. The Royal Pavilion tour was one of the highlights of our trip to England.
    Thank you for your review! We're delighted to hear that the Royal Pavilion, built by George IV, left a lasting impression on your trip to England. It's fascinating that your guide provided informative insights. We're thrilled that the Royal Pavilion tour stood out as one of the highlights of your trip. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Benjamin S
    1 contribution
    The jewel in the crown of this seaside town.
    I don’t normally do this, but this was an absolutely incredible experience I have read about the Pavilion before but never seen it in person and trust me, it’s worth a visit! It made all the difference to a rainy March day and me and my friend walked around the place gobsmacked. Definitely worth a look if you like Regency Architecture and interior design specifically the chinoiserie style. On top of that the staff where absolutely lovely very relaxed and not too formal or stuffy about sharing information to those that are interested. Very easy entry either book online or visit in person I could not recommend this place enough! I only wish I could live there!
    Thank you for your enthusiastic review! We're honoured to be considered the jewel in the crown of this seaside town. We're thrilled that you had an incredible experience visiting the Royal Pavilion. Experiencing it in person truly makes a difference, and we're glad it brightened up your rainy March day. It's fantastic to hear that you and your friend were amazed by the Regency architecture and chinoiserie interior design. We pride ourselves on having friendly and knowledgeable staff who are passionate about sharing information with interested visitors. We appreciate your high recommendation and can understand your desire to live here—after all, the Royal Pavilion has an enchanting charm. Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback, and we hope to welcome you back soon for another memorable experience.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Scowp
    Hove, United Kingdom318 contributions
    Always brilliant
    We go every few years and there is always something new or upgraded. We went with family that were visiting Brighton for the first time The staff are so knowledgeable it is a pleasure to take visitors to Brighton there. Pity the Cafe is no longer open
    Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you visit the Royal Pavilion every few years and appreciate the new additions and upgrades. It's wonderful that you had the opportunity to bring your family who were visiting Brighton for the first time. We're absolutely delighted to share that the Royal Pavilion Tea by Sugardough is now open, 7 days a week from 9 am to 6. I hope you appreciate the update and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Sonya P
    Grimsby, United Kingdom498 contributions
    Amazing
    We have been coming to Brighton once a year for the past 45 years. This time we promised ourselves a visit to the Royal Pavilion. We bought the tickets in advance so we could find no excuse not to go. Wow we could not believe what we had missed. A remarkable building with lots of history surrounding it. We were so impressed that we will definitely visit next year when we come to Brighton. Looking at the ornate decorations, lights etc was fantastic. Too much to appreciate in one go. Another visit is on the cards. It took us too long to see it. We should have visited it years ago. Such a treat.
    Thank you for your review! It's wonderful to know that you were impressed by the ornate decorations, lights, and other elements that make the experience fantastic. We appreciate your kind words and are delighted that you plan to visit again next year. We're glad it was worth the wait. Thank you for considering it a treat, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more enjoyable visits in the future.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Mrs_WP
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom57 contributions
    Wonderful experience, highly recommended
    Absolutely loved our visit to the Royal Pavillion. So impressive from the outside, but even more amazing inside. Wonderful, opulent interior - I’ve seen nothing like it in the UK. Interesting to learn more about the history of the building and the transcript (via QR code) was helpful. Highly recommend visiting, definitely the highlight of our trip to Brighton. My children aged 13 and 11 also found it very interesting.
    Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience during your visit to the Royal Pavilion. We're glad you found the exterior impressive, but even more amazed by the opulent interior. It's our goal to provide a unique and unforgettable experience that stands out in the UK. We're delighted that you found the historical information and the transcript accessed through the QR code helpful. Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we're honoured to have been the highlight of your trip to Brighton. We're also glad that your children aged 13 and 11 found it interesting. Thank you for your kind words, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Simon C
    Brighton, United Kingdom2 contributions
    Definitely visit
    Wow, amazing historical land mark! beautiful maintained and cared for. Loved the banqueting suite & Queen Victoria Bedroom. The redecorating is first class. To think she would actually slept in that four poster bed was magical. The guided tour on one's phone also worked well.
    Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to hear that you had an amazing experience visiting our historical landmark. We take great pride in maintaining and caring for the site to ensure its beauty shines through. We're glad you enjoyed exploring the banqueting suite and Queen Victoria Bedroom, and found the redecorating to be of first-class quality. It's indeed magical to think about the history of the four-poster bed and Queen Victoria's connection to it. We're delighted that the guided tour on your phone added to your visit. Thank you for your kind words, and we hope to welcome you back for more memorable experiences in the future.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Christopher B
    8 contributions
    Stunning Wedding Venue
    The pavilion is such a unique and iconic place to get married. We had never thought about it as somewhere to get married, but after a visit as tourists we realised it was the perfect place to have our small intimate wedding ceremony. The staff were absolutely amazing and couldn’t have been more helpful. Graham the manager is always really friendly and is really enthusiastic about the place. Sarah was so lovely all the way through the planning, and always replied promptly to emails and questions, and on the day Christopher and the team were fabulous ushering guests and taking us around for photos. The inside is beautifully decorated and makes for some really wonderful and unique photos. It was such a pleasure getting married here, and we are so thankful to the staff for making it go off without a hitch.
    Dear Christopher, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We are thrilled to hear that you chose our pavilion as the venue for your small intimate wedding ceremony and that it turned out to be the perfect choice for your special day. We are especially grateful for your kind words about our staff. Graham, our manager, is always passionate about providing exceptional service. Sarah's dedication to assisting you throughout the planning process and her prompt responses to your emails and questions reflect our commitment to excellent customer service. We are also thrilled to hear that Christopher and the team provided fabulous support on your special day, ensuring that everything went smoothly and that you and your guests were well taken care of. It warms our hearts to know that you had a pleasant and stress-free experience. Lastly, we are delighted that you appreciated the beautiful interior decoration of the Pavilion, which provided a stunning backdrop for your unique photos. It is truly our pleasure to contribute to the cherished memories of your wedding day. Once again, thank you for choosing our Pavilion for your special day, and for sharing your positive feedback. We extend our heartfelt congratulations on your marriage and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. Should you have any future celebrations or if there is anything else we can assist you with, please do not hesitate to reach out. Warmest regards, The Royal Pavilion Team
    Written 12 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 May 2023
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nick H
Salisbury, UK86 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Wow a most incredible palace, without a doubt you must not miss visiting this and the museum. It is mind blowing , whilst there aren’t lots of rooms the ones with the displays are wonderful and full of treasures
Written 23 February 2024
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Olive D
Haslingden, UK4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Such a beautiful building and the audio tour brought each room to life. Had meant to visit for a while but we'll worth the wait.
Written 21 February 2024
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Bernie
Leigh-on Sea, UK8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Very interesting visit with a lot to see and do. Walking around here really was very eye opening. Would like to visit again.
Written 19 February 2024
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Louise L
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
A lovely long linger around this lovely place. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly and I enjoyed the experience. I learned some more history, and marvelled at the decorative features. Especially the music room. I also enjoyed the kitchen and dining room. I must have been here for 3 hours.
Written 18 February 2024
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Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful time exploring the Royal Pavilion. It's fantastic that our colleagues were able to enhance your experience and that you enjoyed learning more about the history while marveling at the decorative features, especially in the Music Room. We're delighted that you also enjoyed the kitchen and dining room. Spending three hours with us is the ultimate compliment! We hope to welcome you back for another delightful visit in the future.
Written 20 February 2024
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jsoau
Eastbourne, UK19 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Good day- very knowledgeable staff one man in particular was really informative and chatty and helpful offering lots of information
Written 17 February 2024
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Colin C
Hua Hin, Thailand218 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
It was a drizzly grey day so we decided to visit the Pavillion as it was indoors. It's Indian heritage architecture on the exterior leads one to expect Indian-style decor inside but instead it is partly Chinese and partly what Western craftsmen of the time imagined Chinese decor to be! It is not so extensive as to wear you out and therefore you can really enjoy a wander around as there are not that many rooms.

The place had been stripped by Queen Victoria early in her reign as it was not one of her favourite residences and had fallen into disrepair. The building was sold to Brighton town and the place was open to the public. It's only in latter part of the 20th century that sympathetic restoration started taking place rather than just revarnishing fittings and due to the generosity of Queen Elizabeth, and now King Charles, many of the original fixtures and contents have been lent for permanent display which brings the place to life.

The chandeliers are magnificent and the restoration of the original wallpapers and recreation of carpeting and materials has been painstaking but so worth it. The kitchen has been redone so it actually looks as if it's being used, with (fake) carcasses and veg and fruit laid out in dishes, along with exotic desserts which gives one a better idea of how the room worked for the servants.

There are volunteers in each room who are happy to provide full detail about the Prince Regent and his life there as well as other snippets of interesting information. There is also a large painting by John Constable on display which was generally unknown to be there.

We passed through the gift shop on our way out and I must say it had a very tasteful and extensive selection of items to purchase, very tempting and a nice change from the usual tourist tat one can find in many stately residences. Unfortunately we didn't have time to take afternoon tea in the tea shop but hope to do so on a return visit, preferably on a sunny day which would show off the place to its full magnificence.
Written 16 February 2024
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Thank you for sharing your detailed experience. We're thrilled that you found the Royal Pavilion beautifully restored and enjoyed the unique blend of architecture and decor. Your feedback on the chandeliers, original wallpapers, and our staff is greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back for afternoon tea on a sunnier day!
Written 20 February 2024
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Sam
8 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Gem of Brighton went there with family perfect day out.lots of thing can be explore surrounding this place.recomemded for family visits
Written 13 February 2024
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crystalcatLondon
London, UK160 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
I had not been to the Royal Pavilion for years. It has been refurbished. Everything was bright, clean and sparkling. It is well worth a visit, if you are in Brighton. The Chinoiserie decor is very attractive. In better weather there is a balcony for lounging in the sun with a great view over the local park. Close to many good and reasonable place to eat.

Easy bus ride from the station. Toilets at each level. There are two floors.
Written 28 January 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at the Royal Pavilion. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Royal Pavilion on your next trip to Brighton!
Written 5 February 2024
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Suzanne F
West Sussex, UK8 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
I had been wanting to do this visit for ages and wasn’t disappointed. Learned a lot about a historical era of our royalty of which I knew little. Exhibits were colourful and fresh. Particularly impressed by the staff who were friendly and knowledgeable and if asked something they didn’t have an answer for would call on colleagues to assist. They were clearly enthusiastic and enjoyed their work and interaction with the public. Audio guide is useful. Gives a good summary of each room without being over long.
Written 6 January 2024
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Hi 777suzannef, Thanks for your lovely review. We are happy you finally made it to the Royal Pavilion and that it was worth the wait. It's great to hear you enjoyed the colorful displays and learned something new about our royal history. Also, thank you for the shout-out to our team – they're real stars and love to chat about history, so I'll pass on your kind words! Glad the audio guide hit the spot too, keeping it snappy and interesting is what we aim for. Your feedback is invaluable to us and helps us enhance our guests' experiences. We hope to welcome you back soon.
Written 10 January 2024
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Royan G
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
Such an excellent afternoon! This isn't usually my type of thing and I usually end up getting bored but this was totally the opposite! Everything is in such great condition. I highly recommend getting the audio guide (you can easily share this between 1/2 other people too if you turn the volume up!). The kitchen was so impressive!
Written 5 January 2024
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