The Royal Pavilion & Museums plays an important role in supporting the local economy.


Photo of Royal Pavilion minaretA Tourism South East visitor survey commissioned by Visit Brighton in 2014 found that the Royal Pavilion & Brighton Museum were the two most visited attractions in the city after Brighton Pier and The Lanes, both of which are free to access.

The Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum contributed a direct economic benefit to the city of almost £30m in 2011, TSE’s Cultural Quarter Venue Visitor & Economic Impact Study reported, with a total impact of over £37m.

The Royal Pavilion is currently Brighton’s top rated attraction on Trip Advisor.

Public Investment

We bring in public funding from outside the city, with 10% of our funding coming from Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museum scheme in 2014-15. A further 8% came from other Arts Council England grants, and 2% through other grants and trusts.


We employ about 150 staff and are supported by 84 volunteers.

During 2012-15 we supported four apprenticeships.

The TSE’s Cultural Quarter Venue Visitor & Economic Impact Study reported in 2012 that the Royal Pavilion supported 679 full-time equivalent jobs in the local economy. Brighton Museum supported a further 129.

Public Support

A 2004 survey by Brighton Business School and the CUBIST Research Group indicated that Brighton and & Hove residents were willing to directly contribute £6.6m a year to maintain the Royal Pavilion.

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