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The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton: Our most recommended tours and activities

Brighton: Royal Pavilion Admission Ticket

1. Brighton: Royal Pavilion Admission Ticket

The Royal Pavilion has a colorful history stretching back 200 years. Built as the seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, it has also served as a civic building, First World War hospital, and has become an icon of Brighton. In the mid-1780s George, Prince of Wales, rented a small lodging house overlooking a fashionable promenade in Brighton. Brighton was developing from a decayed fishing town to an established seaside retreat for the rich and famous, being close to London, and after George was sworn in as Prince Regent in 1811 he commissioned John Nash to begin the transformation from modest villa into the magnificent palace that we see today. Walk through the lavish state rooms on the ground floor including the banqueting room, the music room, the magnificent recently restored saloon, and the great kitchen. Explore further rooms upstairs, including Queen Victoria's bedroom. Learn about the use of the building as a military hospital for Indian soldiers during the first world war.

City Sightseeing Brighton: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. City Sightseeing Brighton: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Brighton is one of the south-coast's most popular resorts, with something for all the family. Take a 1 or 2 day hop-on hop-off bus tour to discover the flavor of this city. The Brighton City Sightseeing Tour has a thoroughly entertaining commentary with fascinating facts and figures that even some of the locals don't know. The tour takes in many highlights including the Pier, The Lanes, Royal Pavilion, Marina and the main shopping areas. Red Route: Stop 1 - Palace Pier Stop 2 - King's Road Stop 3 - Grand Avenue Stop 4 - Hove, Palmeira SquareStop 5 - St Anns Well GardensStop 6 - Brighton StationStop 7 - Clock TowerStop 8 - Brighton Pavilion/Old SteineStop 9 - Royal Crescent/Bedford StreetStop 10 - Brighton Marina/Seattle HotelStop 11 - Madeira Terrace

Grand Brighton Bike Tour

3. Grand Brighton Bike Tour

Take a leisurely 2.5-hour bike tour of Brighton to see all the coastal city’s main monuments, with plenty of stops for photo opportunities along the way. Departing from Brighton Rail Station, your guide will lead you through the city’s colorful streets, from the bohemian quarters of North Laine to the opulent Oriental architecture of the Royal Pavilion, with some hidden extras en route that even the guide books miss. Prepare to laugh out loud at quirky tales of Brighton’s yesteryear as you cycle along the smooth bike paths of the beach front and discover the quaint Fishing Quarter. See the handsome Georgian architecture of Brunswick Square and Preston Manor, where the grounds include lovely orchards and gardens. Back at the meeting point, if you’ve developed a taste for biking Brighton, you are free to hire the bike to explore on your own.

Brighton: Walking Food Tour

4. Brighton: Walking Food Tour

Explore Brighton's buzzing streets and alleyways filled with independent stores, bars, and restaurants. Go on an adventure through our unique food scene and discover some of the iconic sights our city has to offer. Brighton is known for being a bit different than other places, but in a good way! And this is also reflected in the choices of our taster stops. If you expect something "standard" that can be found anywhere, this tour is not for you. But if you are open-minded and curious, we will spoil you and your senses with home cooked meals, vegan treats, award winning tasters, hidden spots and above all plenty of food. We have VEGAN and VEGETARIAN OPTIONS available, just get in touch to let us know. Brighton is not like any other place and this is what we want to reflect in our tours as well. We look forward to hosting you!

Brighton: Guided Chocolate Tour with Tastings

5. Brighton: Guided Chocolate Tour with Tastings

Do you love chocolate? Are you in the mood to let those endorphines flow? Then this is exactly the tour for you! Our Brighton Chocolate Extravaganza is designed to pamper your taste buds and leave you on a high! This is a combination of sightseeing and chocolate tasting, where you get to see some of our city's landmarks and at the same time make your way through the city, passing by different chocolatiers and other places. Whatever you can think of that relates to chocolate, it will most likely be on this tour! And if you cannot get enough, we also offer you several discounts at some store as part of the tour, so you can even enjoy afterwards should you want that! We look forward to welcoming you on our favourite tour :)

Brighton Treasure Hunt Mystery: Who Smashed Brighton Rock?

6. Brighton Treasure Hunt Mystery: Who Smashed Brighton Rock?

The legendary Brighton mystery.. .. unsolved for 50 years.. Until now. Start your hunt to solve the mysterious tale of 'Who Smashed Brighton Rock' at a unique whiskey emporium, and set off on Mods & Rockers puzzle adventure through the city's historic streets. ✔️ Enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure to treasure with your friends. ✔️ Combine your skills to crack the clues & unravel the epic tale. ✔️ Discover Brighton's amazing history & hidden gems! When the window of a Brighton sweetshop gets smashed in the famous Mods & Rockers riots.. ..police call it an accident. But a secret newspaper article holds the truth of the crime.. and it's up to you.. to find it! Was it an act of revenge? Nobody knew. But the villain left a trail of clues.. … and this is where you come in. The pages of your Mystery Guide™ take you on an exciting puzzle adventure through the heart of Brighton’s historic lanes, as you follow the maps, unlock the clues, and unravel the epic tale. Your challenge is to track down hidden objects, decode symbols, and uncover hidden messages, as you eliminate suspects and gradually unpick the crime. And an exciting twist awaits… Make it to the end and you'll be struck by an amazing ‘wow’ moment when the case is solved and the villain is revealed before your eyes! Simply grab your Mystery Guide™, head to the start, and set off at a time that suits you Don’t let the villain get away... Your time to start is now!

London: Guided Day Trip to Brighton and Seven Sisters

7. London: Guided Day Trip to Brighton and Seven Sisters

Get a local perspective on both the top attractions and lesser-known parts of Brighton on this full-day tour from London with an exciting and flexible itinerary. After being picked up from your central London hotel in the morning, you’ll head to the picturesque seaside city of Brighton, including a stopover at the cherished Brighton pier and iconic Royal Pavilion. Stop to enjoy a classic fish and chips lunch by the seaside along an action-packed day of sightseeing. With the extended 8-hour option, you'll also visit Hove and Seven Sisters and get the chance to explore England's newest addition to its natural attractions, South Downs National Park.

Brighton: City Highlights Exploration Game

8. Brighton: City Highlights Exploration Game

The city game starts at Theater Royal Brighton. It will take you between 2.5 to 3 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at West Pier and surrounds. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Brighton: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

9. Brighton: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Brighton. Receive messages to a phone from Captain Bess, a snarky pirate who’s testing out new recruits to join her ship. Travel along Captain Bess's carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer and see hidden sights usually missed by tourists. Ask for a hint to continue the journey through the city if the clues get too tough. Start at the Indian Gate outside Pavilion Gardens and sneak through tiny twittens, Royal gardens, elaborate squares, and the bustling Lanes. Learn interesting facts and gear stories along the way about the sights on Bess's route and get a better understanding of the history of Brighton. Get ready to explore Brighton in a new way through this fun and interactive treasure hunt.

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What people are saying about The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 425 reviews

The palace is really very impressive! It's breathtaking! The audio guide is also very well done and pleasant to listen to. It is worth using it especially since it is at no additional cost.

Bus trip was excellent and having a 2 day pass meant we could travel around,went to Lewes and in and out of the town .Great value!

Although my phone was supposed to work on the room scan it didn’t. The individual handsets that were available were great.

Easily booked. Royal Pavilion Brighton was stunning. Tickets available even offline so no worries when entering venue.

Amazing place to visit. Definitely recommend. Lots to see and free tour guide for your phone.