Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Set in the Royal Pavilion's renovated stable block, this museum and art gallery has a glittering collection of 20th-century art and...
Built by decree of the Prince of Wales in 1806, this grand venue hosts musicals, plays and operas.
English's Oyster Bar
An almost 70-year-old institution and celebrity haunt, this Brightonian seafood paradise dishes up everything from Essex oysters to...
Lonely Planet review
The city's must-see attraction is the Royal Pavilion, the glittering party pad and palace of Prince George, who later became the Prince Regent and then King George IV. It's one of the most opulent buildings in England, certainly the finest example of early 19th-century Chinoiserie anywhere in Europe, and is an apt symbol of Brighton's reputation for decadence and high living.
The entire palace is an eye-popping spectacle, but some interiors stand out even amid the riot of decoration. The dragon-themed banqueting hall must be the most incredible in all England; more dragons and snakes writhe in the music room with its ceiling of 26,000 gold scales, and the then state-of-the-art kitchen must have wowed Georgian man with its automatic spits and hot tables. Prince Albert carted away all its furniture, some of which has been loaned back by the current queen. An unimpressed Queen Victoria called it ‘a strange, odd Chinese place’ – for Brighton’s visitors it’s an unmissable chunk of Sussex history.