We've been to Brighton (Bob and I) many times on shopping and seaside jaunts, to my shame we've never been to the Royal Pavilion...until Saturday. With my feet pinching slightly from wearing new shoes on a day out (never learn) and baking in the sun as we walked through the pavilion gardens, we decided to take refuge from the heat under the porch in the cool shade it provided. As streams of tourists passed us by we decided to join the queue. The most impressive room had to be the main banqueting hall, it's sheer opulence and over the top decor must have been a fantastic sight with the table groaning under the weight food and drink. The size of the Kitchen was just as impressive when you consider the age of the Pavilion. Strangely the room I liked the most was the maids room, a tiny room just of the main bedroom that was used by Queen Victoria when she was in residence (the last monarch to stay here). A tiny little room with a desk, lamp and sweet fireplace with a small bed with a canopy, the opposite room housed a small water closet, very modern and advanced. The entry price entitles you to a mobile tour guide in a language of your choice and explains all the rooms and points of interest as you walk through the palace at your own pace. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.
For more info - opening dates - times - and how to get there www.royalpavilion.org.uk