- Location: In Brighton, England
- Attraction Type: Royal Residence
- Significance: It is presently a museum, and a center for social, cultural and educational gatherings
- Best Time to Visit: May to September
- Visiting hours: Apr. to Sept. — 9:30 am to 5:45 pm, last entrance at 5 pm; Oct. to Mar. — 10 am to 5:15 pm, the last admission at 4:30 pm
- How to Reach: By train to Brighton; OR by bus to Royal Garden
- Nearest Airport: Shoreham Airport
Royal Pavilion stands out because of its unusually beautiful Indo-Saracenic architecture. Built-in the early 19th century as a seaside retreat for the existing Prince Regent it became equally famous as the Brighton Palace. This Palace has been attracting a steady flow of visitors every year. It has also been featured in a number of movies noticeable ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’, and ‘Brighton Wok: The Legend of Ganja Boxing’
Royal Pavilion in Brighton very surprisingly grew from an inconspicuous farmhouse over a period of about 35 years. Henry Holland converted this simple farmhouse into a marine Pavilion built of neo-classical architecture which was completed in 1787. Subsequently, John Nash between 1815 and 1823 enlarged this pavilion into a full-fledged palace with domes and minarets representing Indian architectural patterns. This palace built for Crown Prince (who later became King George IV) for medical reasons was later used by King William IV and to a limited extent by Queen Victoria.
The Royal Pavilion is now a property of Brighton Town and used as a museum and assemblies. It is also used in occasions like weddings, banquets, and conventions.
Visiting Royal Pavilion
Although Indian in architecture, Chinese decorative pieces have been used extensively for the interiors of Royal Pavilion. Palm trees, gilded dragons, and fake bamboo staircases have been widely used for doing up the interiors. Period furniture adds to the grandeur of the Palace. The Royal Bedrooms are brilliant with mahogany furniture, block-printed wallpaper, and hand-painted Chinese paper drawings. Queen Victoria’s Apartments, The Yellow Bow Rooms, and the King’s Apartments are enchanting.
The Banqueting Room is rich with the paintings of artist Robert Jones. His bold designs are remarkable. The huge Chinese canvases hung on the walls are awesome. The center dining table originally used for serving dessert items is an ideal representation of grand period furniture.
The Music Room is another significant room which you must never miss. The walls are enriched by canvas paintings of French artist Lambert, and Crace. These depict Chinese scenes in gold and rich reds. After a fire in 1975 and a hurricane in 1987 large scale damages were suffered by this Music Room. However, at present conservation work has restored this spectacular room to its original glory.
Staying in Brighton
While on a vacation in Brighton you could select a hotel as per your preference. Among the notable accommodations you have Park Inn Hotel & Spa, Barcelo Brighton Old Ship Hotel, Holiday Inn Brighton, Royal Albion Hotel, and Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel.