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The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

publication date: Jan 10, 2009
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author/source: Anne Coates

On Sunday 18 January admission to the Royal Pavilion, the famous seaside home of King George IV, will be completely free of charge for everyone. The Free Day is a popular annual event celebrating the purchase of the Royal Pavilion by Brighton’s Town Commissioners in 1850.

The Royal Pavilion is a fabulous mixture of Asian influences and English eccentricity - apparently Queen Victoria wasn't too impressed with the Chinese decor! The opulence of the Banquetting Hall and Music Room is breath-taking and we loved the Great Kitchen!

Visitors can learn more about the history of the Royal Pavilion with an audio guide, which can be hired for £2.50 on the day.

The guide provides the opportunity to explore the fascinating past of the building and its residents, from tales of the life of George IV to the Pavilion’s changing architecture and current conservation work.

The Royal Pavilion shop offers a wide range of special gifts, books and decorative objects. The Tearoom will be open as usual for refreshments.

The Free Day is the last chance to visit the Royal Pavilion before it closes temporarily for a spring clean including specialist conservation work, repairs and maintenance. The palace will close from 19 to 30 January and will re-open to visitors at 10am on Saturday 31 January 2009.

The Royal Pavilion is open daily from 10am to 5.15pm (last entry 4.30pm). Telephone 03000 290900 for further details