Having last visited the Pavilion when I was very young I did not expect it to be as elaborate as it was! Although I remember it being intricately decorated, as I entered I was overwhelmed with how beautiful the décor was.
There was nothing that was not covered in pretty patterns or designs (which mainly included dragons!). I love fashion, art and design, so this was amazing, like one big gallery! I would have to say the dining hall was my favourite room, I have never seen a chandelier so massive!
All visitors are given audio guides, which I was reluctant to use at first as I thought it may be ‘boring’, but it was definitely worth it, giving a clear summary of what the rooms were used for, as well as background historical information on the Pavilion and its residents. If there were specific details which interested you, you could also choose to listen to more about them, so there was something for everyone, it seemed really well planned.
Compared to other ‘stately homes’ I have visited I was impressed by how many rooms were open to the public (it seemed endless, over two floors!), and how much furniture, décor and information was on display. I really think anyone of any age can enjoy a visit here!
Hannah Jump, 19, is a member of the Museum Collective