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A Guide to Brighton Pavilion & Gardens

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Brightons famous Pavilion and Gardens are some of the citys most mystifying attractions. First built in 1787 as the seaside vacation home to George, Prince of Wales, it is now enjoyed by many for its unique Indian-inspired architecture and attractions on-site.

You can wander through the royal gardens or spend the entire day in one of the museums on the grounds. The palace is also a popular wedding venue for couples around the world. It hosted one of the countrys first legal same-sex marriages in 2014. Anything is possible at the Brighton Pavilion and Gardens!

Considering a pit stop or a day trip? The palace offers activities for either. Heres what you can expect from an excursion.

What to Know

Opening Times: You can observe the Royal Pavilion from the nearby grounds anytime. However, to enter the museum, you must arrive during operating hours. From October to March, the grounds are open 10:00-17:15. From April to September, the museum is open from 09:30-17:45. The pavilion is open daily, aside from Christmas holidays and Kwanza or unless there is a scheduled renovation closure. Check the official website before booking a trip for updates on blackout days.

Tickets: Tickets are available on-site, but you get a 10% when you purchase online.

How Much: On average, ticket prices for one adult cost 13.50.

Where to Stay

The Pavilion is conveniently located near the Brighton Palace Pier, surrounded by hotels, hostels, and Airbnbs. Its easy to walk from any surrounding hotel to the grounds and arrive within minutes.

Here are a few hotels to book near the palace:

  • Queens Hotel Brighton: Depending on which side your room faces, youll have access to a stunning ocean view or a view of the palace grounds from high above. They offer affordable rooms, as well as a gym, spa, and restaurant.

  • YHA Brighton Hostel: This conveniently located hostel sits on the edge of the Old Steine Gardens, across from the Pavilion. Youll be able to walk to the museums in minutes.

  • Royal Albion Hotel: This hotel is also near the Old Steine Gardens, and next to SEA LIFE Brighton, a fun-filled scenic aquarium for all ages.

  • The Amsterdam Hotel: This fine hotel includes an espresso caf and restaurant, and it is in walking distance to the pier, pavilion, as well as nightlife options.

  • Home Brighton: If youre a woman traveling by yourself, or traveling with a group of women, the Home Brighton is where to crash. Located in North Laine, it will require a further walk to the grounds, but youll stroll past many delicious eateries, gardens, and shops.

What Else to Do in Brighton

The Royal Pavilion is really the heart of Brighton. However, there are so many other things to do throughout the city!

Start by checking out these five destinations. Once youve done these, head over to our Brighton City Guide!

  • Victoria Gardens: Right behind the palace is the Victoria Gardens, an intimate park with local flora and a tall fountain. In warm weather, locals love to sit out in the sun with friends or to read a book on their lunch break. Theres always a sense of community at Victoria Gardens its a great place to meet others and to ask for recommendations.

  • Al Duomo Italian Restaurant: If you find yourself craving spaghetti, or you just dont do seafood, check out this authentic Italian eatery. Fairly priced and unpretentious, it boasts 5 floors of seating, an outer deck, and a nightclub downstairs!

  • The Market Inn: This amazing 19th-century pub serves classic British brews, bratwursts, and the local favourite fish and chips. If you want the British experience, go here!

  • Cycling Tour of Brighton: The most fun way to see Brighton? By bike, of course! Join a cycling group and cruise through the local parks.

  • South Dawn and Seven Sisters Full-Day Excursion: If you have an extra day to explore the region, choose this excursion. Youll see one-of-a-kind coastal views, and rolling pastures.

How to Get There

Plane: You can fly directly into the Brighton City Airport. However, you might find better rates flying to Gatwick or Heathrow. From there, take a rental car. The trip is only an hour south of London. Just avoid travelling to the city late afternoon to avoid traffic.

With a rental car, its easy to cruise quickly through the city. You can easily explore any destination around the city or make your own day excursion on your own time.

For rental cars from Gatwick, click here. From Heathrow, click here.

Train: Use the Gatwick Express, Thameslink, or Southern.

Bus: Use Trainline to book National Express tickets to Brighton.

Where to Park: Theres no on-site parking at the pavilion. However, there some street parking spots surrounding the area. Otherwise, you can park at Brighton Square, The Lanes Car Park, or Kemp Town Car Park.