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The Royal Pavilion

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Royal Pavilion, BrighonIf you’re looking to see a slice of British history in a truly beautiful setting, then Brighton’s Royal Pavilion is just the right place for you. This stunning pleasure palace combines history with fabulous art and design in wonderful surroundings on the Brighton coast.

Drawing over 400,000 tourists annually, the Royal Pavilion was built during a time of extreme extravagance under George IV, over a period of 40 years around the turn of the 18th Century. Initially intended to be the summer residence of the Prince Regent, the building was bought by Brighton in 1850, and has been perfectly preserved to this day. Based on a luxurious design by the world-renowned architect John Nash, the Pavilion is famous for its distinct Indian turrets and the most exquisite chinoiserie in the whole of the UK.

It’s a great destination for parents looking to inspire their children and amaze them with the incredible history of Regency England. Start by paying a visit to the Music Room, where a host of the world’s most famous composers showcased their talents to Kings and Queens over the years. Move on to the Great Kitchen to see how the royal household was fed, before striding through the elaborately decorated reception rooms and bedrooms. You certainly won’t want to miss the Banqueting Room, either, where you can see how the finest noblemen from the continent were once invited to feast.

Situated in the middle of Brighton’s cultural quarter, the Pavilion is perfectly placed for visitors coming from London or elsewhere. Book online with Southern Railway for cheaper train tickets and you can catch a train direct to Brighton Rail Station, just 15 minutes’ walk from the Pavilion itself. Indeed, if you book with Southern Railway, you can take advantage of a super 2FOR1 deal on tickets to the Royal Pavilion, which is perfect for taking the whole family. After your visit, you can enjoy all the other attractions that Brighton has to offer, such as Brighton Pier, the Victorian Aquariums and the famous Pebble Beach.

If you’re looking to stay overnight, Kemp Townhouse is one of the best luxury hotels in the city, providing top of the range accommodation with great access to all of the main attractions. For travellers on a budget, book your travel online through Southern Railway and use one of our 2FOR1 deals on hotels, including the Holiday Inn and Mercure hotels, which both have wonderful sea views.

The Royal Pavilion would make the ideal day trip for any family. To find out more about Brighton and to plan your trip further, visit our desination page.