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.
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A 70-year-old institution and celebrity haunt, this local seafood paradise dishes up everything from Essex oysters to locally caught...
Royal Pavilion Gardens · interesting places nearby
Royal Pavilion information
The city’s must-see attraction is the Royal Pavilion, the glittering party pad and palace of Prince George, later Prince Regent and then King George IV. It’s one of the most opulent buildings in England, and certainly the finest example of early 19th-century chinoiserie anywhere in Europe. It’s an apt symbol of Brighton’s reputation for decadence. An unimpressed Queen Victoria called the Royal Pavilion ‘a strange, odd Chinese place’, but for visitors to Brighton it’s an unmissable chunk of Sussex history.
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 of 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 Georgians with its automatic spits and hot tables. Prince Albert carted away all of the furniture, some of which has been loaned back by the present queen.