This virtual tour is designed to simulate a walk through the Royal Pavilion. While it can never match the real experience, it’s the closest you can get to George IV’s palace without being there.
How does it work?
The tour features twelve rooms of the Royal Pavilion presented as linked 360 degree panoramas. Each room features an audio commentary from one of the curators of the Royal Pavilion, information hotspots, and zoomable historic images of the rooms.
Some of these rooms also feature messages from those who have sponsored the room and wish to show their support.
The tour can be accessed through any web browser. Full instructions can be found on the opening page of the tour.
If you enjoy the virtual tour we ask you to make a small donation to support our work so that thousands of people can continue to visit the Royal Pavilion (both the real and virtual versions) every year. A link to donate is available at the end of the tour.
There are several other versions of the tour you can use with distinct features.
- History only: This is the same as the main virtual tour but with the messages from sponsors removed. The audio commentary, information hotspots and zoomable images remain.
- Simple: This has no audio commentary or information hotspots but uses images at twice the resolution. This is a good option if you wish to zoom in and take a look at some of the fine details in the rooms.
- Legacy: This is an older virtual tour developed in 2015. It features just four rooms but also includes excerpts from the audio guide. One of the rooms featured is the Red Drawing Room, which is not included on the new virtual tour as it is not on the public route.
The panoramic photographs were taken by Sussex photographer Jim Holden. The promotional video was made by Brighton-based Sheep Films.
The audio commentary is provided by our Royal Pavilion curators, David Beevers and Dr Alexandra Loske.
The website was built in-house using WordPress. The zoomable images are delivered through a deployment of IIIF and the Universal Viewer built by Brighton-based Mnemoscene.