The Royal Pavilion

East Sussex, BN1 1EE

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Unveiled in 1818 and restored over the last 30 years, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton takes its unique character from the man for whom it was built, George IV.

Originally a simple farmhouse, the Pavilion was transformed into a spectacular oriental palace by the work of architects Henry Holland and John Nash. It is filled with astonishing colours and superb craftsmanship, including many original furnishings and decorations on loan from HM The Queen.

The magnificent interior, replete with Chinese and Indian influences, is a reflection of George's personality and taste.

Today the Royal Pavilion is home to some of Britain's finest examples of chinoiserie, a decorative style inspired by Chinese art which became fashionable in the mid-18th century.

Art we’ve helped buy at The Royal Pavilion

The Music Room, Brighton Pavilion by Augustus Charles Pugin is a preparatory drawing for one of the 1826 'Views of the Royal Pavilion at Brighton', published by John Nash. It shows the ornate Music Room designed by Frederick Crace for the Prince Regent. The figures in the picture are drawn from life by John Stephanoff and several can be identified.

Two Chinese Pagodas from the Yung Chen period, part of original furnishings of the Music Room at the Royal Pavilion, were probably supplied to the Prince Regent in 1815 by Fogg's. Each has nine storeys, richly decorated, with gilt-bronze kylins as finials at each angle of the roof section.

Venue information

Opening times

1 Apr – 30 Sep
Daily, 9.30am – 5.45pm (last admission 5.15pm)

1 Oct – 31 Mar
Daily, 10am – 5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Closed 25 – 26 Dec

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)