The Royal Pavilion Palace
Published: Saturday 10th Jan 2015
Written by: Abi Radford
One of the most impressive attractions to visit in Brighton is the Royal Pavilion Palace. It is a ‘must do’ for new visitors to Brighton and can be enjoyed all year round by all ages.
The Royal Pavilion, which is situated in the heart of Brighton, was built in stages between 1787 and 1823 for the Prince Regent – who later became King George the fourth. King George was attracted to the expanding fishing town of Brighton because of its increasingly popular status as a seaside retreat for the rich and famous. The advice of the nearby physician Dr. Richard Russell also brought King George to Brighton as he stated the benefits of therapeutic health-giving remedies of sea water. The close proximity to London and the building of the London to Brighton railroad later put Brighton on the map for the masses as the most popular seaside resort in Britain.
King George was an extravagant man with a passion for the arts, fashion and fine living therefore the palace was designed to suit his interests. His extravagant lifestyle contributed greatly to the fashions of the Regency Era. He had a love for fine architecture and decorative arts and the palace was designed to show off his superb collections as well as making a statement in Brighton. The Royal Pavilion is the most interesting building in the city and has become instantly identifiable as a part of Brighton around the world. The palace boasts an exotic oriental look both inside and out and the architect John Nash took inspiration from Indian and Chinese designs. The exterior domes look similar to the Taj Mahal in India. The Royal Pavilion can also be admired from the outside at night as it is beautifully lit – showing of the intricate detail of the arches and domes.
The Royal Pavilion has a long and interesting history through the stages of its construction to the current day. For example, during the First World War the adjacent Dome building of the Pavilion, which is now a theatre, was used as a military hospital for the injured soldiers from the Imperial Indian Army. It is the history of this amazing building that adds to the awe of it and also a reason to go and visit it!
You can take a tour of the Royal Pavilion with a multi-media guide that gives you lots of information on the history of the palace as you look around. There is plenty to see, including furniture and works of art lent by HM The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt. After your tour you can relax in the beautifully restored Tearoom on the upper floor. The Tearoom has a sunny balcony that overlooks the glorious palace gardens which you can enjoy in the warmer months. Alternatively, you can have a walk around the beautifully presented gardens and enjoy the various buskers that frequent the gardens in the summer months. For admission dates and prices visit the official Royal Pavilion website.