Royal Pavilion Garden

These beautiful Pavilion gardens surround the magnificent Royal Pavilion, provide visitors and locals a green haven in the heart of the city. The gardens are maintained under strict organic guidelines by our parks staff with the assistance of garden volunteers.

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

Between 1 May 2018 and 29 June 2018, residents and visitors were invited to help shape the future of the historic Royal Pavilion Garden by participating in a survey. Over 1,300 people participated and their responses will feed into the draft conservation and management plan and funding bids for improving the space.

Opening Times


Always open


Open: March to November

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

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

Map of the garden's location.


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.


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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