6 of the grandest buildings in Brighton
For resident and visitor alike, Brighton’s imposing and eclectic architecture is a treasure trove of history and a feast for the eyes. Here are 6 of the grandest buildings in Brighton to get you started. Please share your favourite buildings in the comments below.
By far one of Brighton’s most iconic buildings, The Royal Pavilion is an iconic palace in the centre of the city with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with architectural motifs from India and China. A welcome break from the busy city shops, the pavilion gardens offer a tranquil spot to escape and enjoy the colourful displays of manicured flower beds and lawns. Enjoy the delightful balcony tea rooms within the Pavilion or the open air pavilion garden café. Residents of Brighton & Hove receive great discount with proof of address and can take up to 4 kids for free.
Address: 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE
The Corn Exchange and Dome Theatre
Converted from the Prince Regents horse stables after Queen Victoria inherited the site and sold it for just £50,000, The Brighton Dome is now one of Brighton’s leading arts venues. The site now houses the Concert Hall, the Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre (formerly the Pavilion Theatre) and adjoins the impressive Brighton Museum (free to residents). All three venues are linked to the rest of the Royal Pavilion Estate by secret underground tunnels to the Royal Pavilion which stretch to other places in Brighton.
Address: Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE
Often overlooked due to its slightly uninspiring exterior, Preston Manor is a hidden treasure in Brighton which many residents are still to discover. A real chance to see what life was like in the past and discover some fascinating history. Home to some splendid theatrical events including murder mystery evenings and enchanting moving performances for children set within the hidden grounds. Perfect for an afternoon wandering the corridors and enjoying the delights of Preston Park rock garden and the 13th century medieval church, which is one of Brighton’s oldest standing buildings.
Address: Preston Drove, Hove, Brighton BN1 6SD
St. Bartholomew’s Church
The neo-gothic church is located on Ann Street, on a sloping site between the station and London Road and is notable for its staggering height, visible from many parts of the city. Dominating the low line buildings in this area, the gigantic appearance of this church is accentuated inside by the lack of aisles in the nave, which is the tallest of any British parish church. St Bartholomew’s is a Grade 1 listed Victorian Church famous for its Art Nouveau furnishings and open daily with free admission.
Address: Ann St, Brighton BN1 4GP
Built in 1722 in a Palladian style for the Pelham family, Stanmer House incorporates the remains of an earlier house on this site. Standing proud within Stanmer Park the house was closed the public until June 2006. A grade 1 listed mansion, it is now open 7 days a week as a bar, restaurant and a excellent addition to a stroll round the vast park grounds and the delightful Stanmer village – a great example of an 18th Century working village, with a picture-postcard Anglican Church at its centre.
Address: Stanmer Park, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9QA
All Saints Church
One of the largest of the 19th-century Gothic revival buildings, All Saints Church in Hove is often used as a venue for live music in addition to holding services several days a week. A grade 1 listed building, the impressive interior features beautiful oak choir stalls and canopies, a stone pulpit and red marble seven sided front and stunning stained glass windows. Open daily, check website for events and service times.
Address: The Drive, Hove BN3 3QE
Other impressive buildings which are private Brighton residences but worth a look can be found on Brunswick Square, Lewes Crescent, Sussex Square and all along Brighton seafront. I’d love to hear about your favourite buildings in Brighton too!