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The Pavilion: It’s time for a visit

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion

You’d be surprised just how many people live in Brighton with their families and kids, and never visit the Pavilion. It took us five years to make the trip, and it was well worth it.

The Pavilion is one of the most iconic of Brighton landmarks; along with both piers, it is one of Brighton’s defining pieces of architecture.

If you’re worried it’s going to be a boring history lecture in a dusty old room, don’t be. I was enchanted on my first visit; it’s a fascinating place.

Set within the Pavilion Gardens, just back from the Old Steine, it’s a majestic structure. The Royal Pavilion, as it is correctly titled, was built for George IV, Prince Regent and completed in 1823. And clearly he was a fan of all things oriental.

Oddly, the building is Indian in character on the outside, while oriental inside; that was King George for you.

Pavilion Garden @Gardenvisit.com

Pavilion Garden @Gardenvisit.com

On your tour you’ll get to see one of the best examples of chinoiserie style in the UK. Expect ceilings full of dragons, banqueting rooms full of glamour, and an eccentricity that only a playboy could have indulged.

There’s also an excellent café with balcony views onto the gardens, perfect for that cream tea, yum.

Opening hours are:

October to March 10am–5.15pm (last tickets at 4.30pm)
April to September 9.30am–5.45pm (last tickets at 5pm)

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