Royal Pavilion Garden

People relaxing in Pavilion Garden

This beautiful Regency garden surround the magnificent Royal Pavilion, providing visitors and locals a green haven in the heart of the city.

The gardens are maintained under strict organic guidelines by a team of volunteers lead by the head gardener at the Royal Pavilion. This ‘nature assisted’ form of management promotes and supports bio-diversity within the gardens. The varied plant life attracts an amazing collection of butterflies, birds and bees.

 

Royal Pavilion Garden survey

Residents and visitors are being invited to help shape the future of the historic Royal Pavilion Garden.

Take part in the survey

The Royal Pavilion Garden is one of the few remaining Regency gardens in the country and is considered one of the nation’s most significant outside spaces.

It is also the open space that links together the buildings making up the Royal Pavilion Estate, from the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum to the Dome and Corn Exchange.

The council is committed that the garden will remain free and accessible to all as one of the most important green spaces in the city. The consultation will support our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of Phase Two of the Royal Pavilion Estate project.

 

How you can help

Over five million residents and visitors to the city use the garden each year. This volume of visitors creates significant challenges in maintaining the garden both for leisure users, and as a fitting setting for the iconic Royal Pavilion.

The Royal Pavilion & Museums has recorded all incidents in the Royal Pavilion Garden, including behaviour that contravenes garden bylaws. View the figures.

Over time these have had a cumulative impact on the Garden, which is Heritage Listed, as well as in some cases leading to more serious incidents. 

Last year Historic England placed the Grade II listed garden on the ‘at risk’ register and recommended the council draw up a conservation and management plan.

As a public body with limited resources, the council wants to ensure money and time are invested where they are most needed, to conserve the historic garden and the heritage buildings within it for residents and visitors.

We would like to know what you think could improve the garden and increase understanding of its significance. In particular how to: 

  • Better communicate the historic and ecological importance of the garden
  • Improve the management of the space
  • Develop the layout
  • Enhance community enjoyment

We will use your views to inform funding bids to invest in the garden. They will also feed in to the final draft of the garden conservation and management plan.

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Opening Times

Park

Always open

Cafe

Open: March to November

  • Monday to Saturday - 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday - 9.30am to 5pm

Website: www.paviliongardenscafe.co.uk

Getting there

The Royal Pavilion Garden can be reached from North Street, New Road and Church Street.

Map of the garden's location.

Bus

The closest stop to the garden is the Old Steine, which is served by almost every bus in the city. Further information and timetables available from the Brighton & Hove Bus company.

Cars

There is a multi-storey car parking available in Church Street.

Features of the gardens

View of the Pavilion from the Pavilion Garden

The gardens have been restored as closely as possible to the original Regency vision of John Nash. The gardens design features an informal planting style inspired by nature. The gardens are planted with a mix of native, Chinese and Indian plant species, with lawns and beds of mixed shrubs and floral plants crossed by curving paths.

The gardens are regularly used as a venue for musicians and entertainers during the summer months.

Did you know?

The gardens and Royal Pavilion were conceived by the architect John Nash as Royal pleasure grounds. The Pavilion Gardens were not opened to the public until the Royal Pavilion had been sold to the town in 1850. A range of bylaws were applied to visitors to prohibit smoking, intoxication, begging, games, and ‘ragged or offensive attire’.

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