Brighton Dome celebrates fourth annual Heritage Open Day


Brighton Dome will be celebrating the rich heritage of our Grade I and II listed buildings as we open our doors for our fourth annual Heritage Open Day of free family entertainment on Sunday 11 September, 10am to 5pm.

Events and entertainment include behind-the-scenes tours of Brighton Dome, which give visitors the rare chance to get a glimpse of the famed underground tunnel running beneath the Royal Pavilion Estate; lectures by Dr Sue Berry and Dr Alexandra Loske about the history of the Estate and the development of the town; and a magic lantern show with Jeremy Brooker who revives an attraction that would have been a common feature of Victorian Brighton, and has been described as a precursor to cinema.

There will also be live music in the Café-bar and heritage craft activities for children.

Heritage Open Days is the largest festival of history and culture in England, taking place over four days each September. Every year thousands of events across the country invite the public to explore local treasures for free. For information visit


Backstage Tours - 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm. Tours last approx. 60 mins.

Magic Lantern Show with Jeremy Brooker - 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm. Show duration approx. 30 mins.

The Prince’s Dome - 12pm – 1pm, Brighton Dome Concert Hall

A lecture by Dr Sue Berry, author of Georgian Brighton, on The Prince’s Dome - an innovative approach to accommodation for prized horses.

The Pavilion Estate as it was and might have been - 4pm – 5pm, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange

Dr Alexandra Loske, Curator of the Royal Pavilion Archives, will talk about preparing an exhibition of rarely seen images relating to the development of the Royal Pavilion, the Dome complex and the Pavilion Gardens.

Pre-booking for tours, lectures and magic lantern shows is essential - please email [javascript protected email address]