Royal Pavilion Estate

The Royal Pavilion Estate includes:The Royal Pavilion

The council, Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival are working together to revitalise the estate and secure its future.

We're also looking at the future management of the Royal Pavilion and Museums.

Combining a royal palace and Regency garden, a museum and art gallery and three performing art spaces, the 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.

Attracting over 1.2 million people a year, with hundreds of thousands more visiting the garden, the estate’s venues make a significant economic contribution to Brighton & Hove. But, while the buildings are magnificent, they are also facing unique challenges and are in need of refurbishment and upgrade in some areas.

Plans for the future

A sustainable future for the entire estate will only be possible with significant investment. In 2013 the Royal Pavilion and Museums and Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival joined together to develop a plan to continue to protect and restore this rich heritage.

The aim is to reinvigorate and reconnect the buildings and landscape of the historic estate to create a world class heritage and cultural centre in the heart of the city, to bring economic benefits to the city and wider region.

A phased approach to delivering the Royal Pavilion Estate vision

As this is a major project, it has been divided into three phases.

Phase one

Phase one is a major refurbishment of the nationally important Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre, alongside essential conservation work.

Previously hidden heritage in the Corn Exchange will be restored for public view with a magnificent new viewing gallery. Spaces within the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre will be improved to enhance audience comfort and help the building operate more efficiently. Services and equipment will be upgraded to ensure these unique buildings are looked after. We will also help to engage new audiences with the history of the estate which has often been hidden to visitors.

The main construction proposals include:

  • major improvements to the Studio Theatre including a ground floor bar and café opening on to New Road
  • creation of a magnificent new Corn Exchange viewing gallery and audience circulation space
  • transformation of the Corn Exchange with new seating and more efficient infrastructure
  • a dedicated creation space
  • provision for additional offices, back of house accommodation and storage.

Arts Council England has awarded £5.8 million and the Heritage Lottery Fund has also awarded £5 million to the project

Phase two

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

Phase three includes further development of the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to create:

  • new learning spaces which will be shared with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival
  • new displays and activities at The Dome to bring its history to a wider audience.