Finally, a sunny Spring day. We decided to take the train to Brighton. We bought our tickets at Victoria Station, from whence the Brighton Express departs. It takes 59 minutes from Victoria to Brighton and the train makes one stop only. Two return tickets cost us 30£ total. The day before had been rainy, so it was good to look out the windows at the sun shining on the tranquil English countryside. We walked 15 minutes into town and made our way via the direction signs to the Royal Pavilion. We only walked there to take a look at it from outside and really weren't that keen on going in, but decided we might as well.
I am so glad we did as we both enjoyed it immensely. It's much larger than I thought it would be which was surprising because to me, the word Pavilion conjures up a big gazebo-like building with one or two rooms. We bought a color brochure called "The Royal Pavilion - A short tour" for 75p, which added to our enjoyment. Admission was 5.20£ each. It wasn't very crowded except for once a group of about 30 Italian school children (about 13 or 14 years old) walked through with a guide and their teacher. There are computer stations set up throughout the Pavilion where you can get more detailed information about the manners and daily lives of the residents and visitors here. A movie is shown in one of the rooms about the Pavilion and its history.
Queen Victoria never liked this place that she inherited (why have a place so near the sea and not be able to see the water, she asked) and after stripping it of its furnishings, put it up for sale which was unheard of at that time. The City of Brighton had the foresight to buy it. Some of the current furnishings are on loan from Queen Elizabeth. There is a Tearoom on the premesis which sells light lunches. The Pavilion has a very informative website at: http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/bhc/pavilion/index1.html