a marvel in Edwardian elegance
For a great day out filled with culture, history and perhaps even ghostly goings-on, pay a visit to Preston Manor – a charming stately home on the outskirts of Brighton.
Marvel at the elegant Edwardian furnishings, take a stroll around the magnificent walled gardens or give yourself a supernatural fright on one of the regular ghost tours.
Preston Manor has a history that goes back over a thousand years, and has been home to a number of different owners. Bequeathed to Brighton in 1932 by the Stanford family, the house now remains in a typically Edwardian state, with the decadent atmosphere of the English upper classes from the early 20th century; any fans of Downton Abbey will love a visit here!
Featuring original art exhibits, lavish furnishings and period fittings, wander through more than 20 rooms as you take a step back in time to see how the gentry lived at the beginning of the last century.
But it’s not just Edwardian upper class elegance on display; you can also get a flavour of how the servants used to live by touring around their former quarters and the kitchens, sculleries and pantries.
With loads of fascinating facts packed into information guides, you can learn about the stories that lie behind the interesting exhibits. Discover how the lady of the house enjoyed her Morning Room, why brass beds were so popular throughout the 19th century and what the Bells Passage was used for.
Fans of the paranormal will be delighted to know that there’s a rich history of supernatural experiences reported at the manor, which you can learn all about during one of the regular Preston Manor ghost events.
The Stanford family were reportedly deeply disturbed by regular sightings of two troublesome spirits – the Lady in White and the Lady in Grey, who apparently appeared out of nowhere to travel up and down the main staircases before vanishing into thin air once again.
Guests staying in the south-west bedroom have also reported seeing disembodied hands and hearing spooky noises, while there have been plenty more ghostly sightings and unexplained phenomena in recent times, too.
Preston Manor is just a short walk from Preston Park station, itself only an hour from London Victoria. Book online with Southern Railway and you can save loads of money on your train tickets; keep up to date with savings on our latest offers page, leaving you with plenty of extra spending money to enjoy on your day out.