With its exotic exterior and flamboyant interiors the Royal Pavilion is a popular location for all kinds of professional filming and photography.

photograph of the Music Room showing the central chandelier and fireplace
Music Room

Its exotic décor and rich furnishings provide unique and original backgrounds for photo-shoots, feature films and promotional filming. The historical and cultural content lends itself to educational, documentary and historical broadcasting.

The Royal Pavilion has appeared in many well-known feature films – including Richard III starring Ian McKellen and The End of the Affair with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore – as well as television series, docudramas, music videos and fashion mags. Recent projects include The Hairy Bikers, Great British Railway Journey’s with Michael Portillo and Great Britain’s Great War with Jeremy Paxman.

What parts of the Royal Pavilion are available for filming?

Photograph of the singer Ronan Keating on the roof of the Royal Pavilion. He's wearing a dark suit with a beige trench coat and sunglasses. He stands in front of the main large dome which is shaped like an onion
Copyright Richard Grassie

Most areas of the Pavilion are available for filming including some rooms that are not normally open to the public.

The most popular locations are the Music Room, the Banqueting Room and the Great Kitchen, as well as the exteriors and the Regency gardens.

Exteriors

The Royal Pavilion estate offers many attractive settings for exteriors, with the Regency gardens and the restored museum and Dome buildings.

If your shoot needs to be supervised by the Royal Pavilion, or requires any special access, we will charge a facility fee. Please contact us for details.

Are there any conditions?

We ask photographers and production companies to respect the sensitive nature of such a unique and remarkable historic building.

Please download and read our full statement of Conditions for filming and photography in the Royal Pavilion. 

Security is paramount during filming as well as safeguarding the needs of our visitors.

Should I make a recce first?

Yes. We always recommend that you make a preliminary visit to identify likely locations and to discuss the practicalities with us.

What are the fees?

Our standard fees are charged by the hour (or part of an hour) and are subject to VAT.

Interiors

Daytime Mon-Fri from £250 per hour
Evenings and weekends from £350 per hour

Exteriors

Daytime Mon-Fri from £150 per hour
Evenings and weekends from £200 per hour

We will calculate special fees for the more complicated projects, for example those that require more than one camera crew, shooting at night, or changes to the usual displays. Download our more detailed fee rates below

Royal Pavilion Filming charges

Do I need to book in advance?

Yes. All bookings must be made in advance.

How do I make a booking?

Please contact us. We will discuss your filming or photography requirements in more detail and help you with your booking.

For further information about professional filming and photography at the Royal Pavilion, or to book a shoot, contact Royal Pavilion & Museums Marketing Team:

Email museums.marketing@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Telephone 03000 290906

Contact us also if you are interested in filming and photography at Preston Manor, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Hove Museum & Art Gallery and the Booth Museum of Natural History.

For information about location filming elsewhere in Brighton & Hove, consult the Brighton & Hove City Council Events Office on 01273 292711.