A symbol of Brighton’s unique eccentricity, the Estate is cherished by local people and is a destination for millions of visitors each year. But it can only be maintained for future generations with ongoing care and support.
Combining a royal palace and Regency garden, a museum and art gallery and three performing art spaces, the Royal Pavilion Estate is Brighton & Hove’s cultural heart, and the Royal Pavilion its internationally recognised icon. Its magnificence, bold design and daring experimentation with form helped establish the city’s reputation two centuries ago.
Since 2013, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, and Brighton & Hove City Council have been working together on a plan to continue to protect and restore this rich heritage, starting with a major refurbishment of Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.
Our aim? To reconnect and revitalise the historic buildings and gardens as one; to create a world-class cultural destination for heritage, culture and the performing arts infused with the vibrant spirit of Brighton past, present and future.
Arts Council England has awarded £5.8 million and the Heritage Lottery Fund has also awarded £5 million to our project. So together with other donations, we have raised £16.3m of the funding for Phase One.
A phased approach to the Royal Pavilion Estate vision
- Phase one is a major refurbishment of the nationally important Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, alongside essential conservation work. The transformation of the Corn Exchange will restore and reveal original heritage features of the former Prince Regent's Riding House as well as provide increased capacity seating and a magnificent new viewing gallery. Major improvements to the Studio Theatre will include balcony seating, a new artists' creation space, new bar facilities and a café opening onto New Road.
- Phase two includes internal refurbishment of the Royal Pavilion, refurbishment of the Royal Pavilion Garden and the creation of a new visitor centre.
- Phase three includes further development of the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to create new learning spaces which will be shared with Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, and new displays and activities at to bring its history to a wider audience.
For more information about the wider vision for the Royal Pavilion Estate visit Brighton & Hove City Council's website.