Enjoy a spring day out by revisiting Preston Manor, one of Brighton’s most fashionable and historic addresses.
Enter the world of a fashionable Edwardian household as this Brighton landmark opens its doors this month. Immerse yourself in a world of luxury at the turn of the last century and find out about the servants who kept the house running.
Venue officer Paula Wrightson said: “Many people tell me they haven’t visited since they came on a school trip many years ago.
“When they come back they are always surprised about how much there is to see and do at Preston Manor. If you’ve never visited or haven’t been here for a while, why not come along? It really is Brighton’s hidden gem. “
Dating back to the 1600s, Preston Manor covers three floors fashioned to the decorative tastes of its last owners, Sir Charles and Lady Thomas-Stanford who lived here in the early 1900s. With twenty rooms to explore, visitors can walk through the family’s elegant rooms and the working quarters of those who served them.
Overlooking Preston Park with its cafes, petanque and tennis courts and velodrome, this grand house is a welcome retreat from busy city life.
Surrounding Preston Manor are the restored Edwardian romantic revival gardens which will be coming into full bloom. Visitors can also enjoy the newly restored 13th Century St. Peter’s Church with the Arts and Crafts interior. Follow the garden’s flagstone paths through the magnificent laburnum arch and on to the tranquil fishpond lawn. Take a seat besides the colourful flowerbeds visited by butterflies and birds, or admire the touching memorials in the leafy pet cemetery.
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About Preston Manor
Preston Manor, part of Brighton & Hove City council is a charming historic house, decorated and furnished in Edwardian style. Its elegant reception rooms and functional servants’ quarters reveal the ‘upstairs and downstairs’ of life at the manor before the First World War.
Preston Manor admission prices
Adult group of 15 or more £6.70
Child (5-18) £4.20
Child (5-15) group of 15 or more £4.00
Family 1 adult + 2 children £11.60
Family group 2 adults + 2 children £19.00
Brighton & Hove residents
(BN1, BN2, BN3 and BN41 postcodes) £3.70 adults, free children (0-18 years)
Valid for three consecutive days
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (all year), plus Preston Manor (April – September only)
Family 1 adult + 2 children £32.00
Family 2 adults + 2 children £52.00
Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD Tel: 03000 290900
Open April – September, Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 2 – 5pm. Last admission 4.30pm
Closed Monday (except Bank holidays)
Closed October – March except for pre-booked groups, school visits and special events
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