TQ3104 : The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

taken 9 years ago, near to Brighton and Hove, Great Britain

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence in Brighton, originally a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales (later Prince Regent and then George IV). It is often referred to as the Brighton Pavilion.

In the late 1780s, Prince George hired architect Henry Holland to transform his Brighton farmhouse into a modest villa which became known as the Marine Pavilion. In 1811 George was sworn in as Prince Regent because his father, George III, had been deemed incapable of acting as monarch. At that time the Marine Pavilion was a modest building in size, not suitable for the large social events and entertaining that George loved to host so George commissioned architect John Nash who, between 1815 and 1822, transformed the modest villa into the magnificent oriental palace that we see today, one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles.

Queen Victoria made her first visit to the Royal Pavilion in 1837. However, Queen Victoria disliked Brighton; the style of the Royal Pavilion and its association with her extravagant and indulgent elder uncle, made Queen Victoria feel uncomfortable. As her family grew and the Royal Pavilion failed to provide her with the space and privacy she needed, especially after Brighton became easily accessible to Londoners by rail in 1841. She finally sold her uncle’s pleasure palace to the town of Brighton for £50,000 in 1850.

The purchase of the Royal Pavilion and its grounds began its transition from a private residence to a public attraction under civic ownership. Today, the Royal Pavilion has around 400,000 people visiting it annually (Brighton Tourist Information LinkExternal link )

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Date Taken
Sunday, 5 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 14 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Public buildings and spaces  Housing, Dwellings 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3125 0421 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:49.3539N 0:8.2792W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3124 0426
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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Seaside Resort  Tourist Attraction  Visitor Attraction  Regency  Pavilion  Palace  Royal  19th Century  Nineteenth Century 

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