Brighton, England, United Kingdom
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, is one of the most interesting and, if truth be told, bizarre royal residences that you can visit in England. The construction was begun in 1787 as a seaside retreat for George Prince of Wales, who would later become King George IV. The prince enjoyed visiting Brighton regularly ostensibly on doctor’s orders to relieve his gout, but also as a more discreet location to meet with his long time companion Mrs Fitzherbert.
Between 1810 and 1822 the pavilion was remodeled and given the striking Indian and Chinese embellishments that you can see today. It is considered to have the most impressive and opulent chinoiserie interiors that were ever installed in Britain. Following the death of George IV, William IV also enjoyed using the Royal Pavilion as a holiday residence, however Queen Victoria disliked it due to a lack of privacy and in 1845 it was sold to the town.
Today you can and should visit this unique and exotic former royal residence when in Brighton as it is truly a one-off. The Royal Pavilion is the leading attraction in Brighton, you can’t miss it.