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“Disappointed ”
Review of Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion
Ranked #4 of 172 things to do in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rebuilt in the 19th century by architect John Nash, this building features a unique mixture of classical and Indian styles, which has been labeled as "Hindu-Gothic."
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

After many years of wanting to visit Brighton Pavilion my husband & I went today during our holiday in East Sussex. Whilst I thought the building is spectacular & the inside is very opulent & beguiling I thought it was extortionately priced. It cost just shy of £14 each & they wanted to charge an extra £2 each for the audio. We decided not to have the audio guide but I did buy a deluxe photo guidebook at £7. Now you might say that £14 per adult isn’t a lot to look at a building steeped in history & culture. Normally I’d agree. But the annual price was only £28, so £14 per visit seems a little disproportionate. Plus you can’t take photographs therefore necessitating the purchase of their guide books. Also if you’re not an English speaking person then the audio guide in your own language is vital as none of the displays have information in any language apart from English. A lot of the Pavilion is out of bounds such as the tunnel, the old servant quarters as they are not open to the public. The saloon was under renovation so we weren’t allowed in there either. There were hardly any chairs where you could sit & look at the displays. My husband & I have been members of the National Trust for a number of years. We have visited stately homes & castles many many times & it has only cost us £99 per couple annually & we have never been barred from taking photos (apart from very rare occasions when a piece of parchment or such material is light sensitive). This just shows that the council who own the Pavilion are really just interested in making as much money as they can by conning tourists. Now, I appreciate that to maintain a building such as the Pavilion is a costly affair - I work in a grade II listed building &
normal repair jobs are double the cost due to regulatory issues - but I think it is a con to make the public pay more as they are a captive audience. When people visit historical places, especially as part of a trip, then photographs are a way of recreating the time you spent there. So it’s sad that this can’t be done at the Pavilion without buying an expensive guidebook. Plus if you can’t speak/read English then you are alienating many tourists & they are forced into buying the audio guide. There are also lots of donation tubs dotted about asking for £3. After our time inside we sat outside & got talking to a local resident who says that it is known as the most expensive Indian take-away in the world due to its appearance. (Apparently Queen Victoria didn’t like it either!) Now if the locals look at it in that way it’s no wonder there is a lack of funding for it. Go & visit if you enjoy the splendour of a time gone by but make sure you’re happy to pay & have little in return.

1  Thank LimaWhisk
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Wonderfully preserved and steeped in history. The gardens were really well kept and had areas of conservation. Well worth a visit.

Thank Christine T
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We had a few hours to kill so decided to visit. 13.50GBP an extra 2 GBP for a headset to enter. Interesting, showing the ostentationess of the times and how out of touch the monarchy was with the people or simply didn’t care. Had a tea shop on second floor and nice grounds. Worth a visit

Thank DAFYDDHD
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

The Royal Pavillon is the only British palace owned by neither the Royal Family nor the Nation. The royal apartments are truly sumptuous. The decorations were influenced by what the Prince Regent, and his architects, imagined an eastern palace looked like. There are many original fine paintings and objet d'art. Audio description players are available to hire but there are plenty of signs describing the rooms and their contents, each room has a guide who is happy to answer questions.
On the minus side, there is not enough seating for the more senior visitors (like me). I was also disappointed that no photography whatsoever is permitted.
Overall I enjoyed my visit and would recommend at least two hours to do it justice,

1  Thank David G
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Had trouble finding way in and very disappointed that very few items had any information displayed about them photography not allowed even without flash and very few rooms had any seating for less abled visitors . We are members of the National trust and have also visited royal palaces. , so we are used to visiting such places but cannot think of a good word to say about Brighton Pavillion

Thank Leslie C
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