Royal Pavilion Secret Basement and Tunnel Tours

Royal Pavilion Secret Basement and Tunnel Tours Open to the Public

Published On February 18, 2016 | By We Love Brighton | Only in Brighton!, Things to do features

The Royal Pavilion will open its renowned tunnel to the public for the first time ever, from 25 Feb 2016.

The palace, which was created by the Prince of Wales (later George IV), will run tours of its underground spaces for small groups every Thursday until 31 March.

Lasting about 45 minutes, the events will offer an unpolished, behind-the-scenes glimpse of areas of the building not normally open to the public.

This includes its basement and famous tunnel, built in 1821 so that George, who was by then very overweight, could visit his riding school and stables (now Brighton Dome) in privacy.

Royal Pavilion Secret Basement and Tunnel Tours

The tunnel goes from the Pavilion to the Dome, built so the King could go to and fro undetected.

Visitor Services Officer Meg Hogg, who will run the tours with colleague Geoff Greenwood as part of Royal Pavilion & Museums’ Workforce Development Scheme, said:

This will be the first time the tunnel has been open to the public, having undergone recent restoration to prepare itfor public access.  Visitors will discover more about life below stairs for Royal Pavilion servants, from the rat catcher to George IV’s principal private secretary.

“The tour ends with a visit to the tunnel which led to George’s royal stables and riding school, before emerging in what is now Brighton Museum.

It’s important to note that the tour is underground, and includes areas which have low ceilings and/or are dimlylit. There are also areas with uneven flooring. Children must be accompanied by an adult – not suitable for buggies.

For tickets and more info visit the website.

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