Our audio guides tell the story of the Royal Pavilion and its creator, King George IV. Full of fascinating facts and background information, the audio tour leads visitors through the palace room by room. They also include interviews with curators and conservators, and additional images.
The audio guide is available as either a handset that can be hired, or available for free to visitors using their own mobile phone. Please note that as we currently have a shortage of handsets, we cannot guarantee one for your visit. We strongly recommend that visitors wishing to take the standard or WW1 themed English language tour use the mobile phone tour if possible.
Audio guide handsets are available for £2. The standard tour is recommended for most first time visitors. This tells the story of the Royal Pavilion as a royal palace and George IV’s life here.
Other tours are available:
You can learn more about these tours and listen to audio samples following the links below.
The standard tour is currently available in English, easy English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, and as a British Sign Language tour.
The visually impaired tour and tour for children are in English only.
The WW1 military hospital tour is available in English, French and Hindi.
How to use the guides
The guides are simple to use. Staff introduce the guides to visitors when they first arrive at the Royal Pavilion, and will explain its features. The tour can be followed by keying in the numbered signs that can be seen in most rooms in the Royal Pavilion.
The audioguides use a T-coil so they are suitable for those with a ‘T’ switch on their hearing aid.
If you run into problems with the guide, staff will be on hand in most rooms in the Royal Pavilion to help.
Mobile audio tour
A free version of the Standard and WW1 Military Hospital tours is now available for visitors who bring their own smartphone or similar device.
The tour uses a mobile optimised website, and should work on any phone or tablet that can view the web. Front desk staff can explain how to access the tour and our free wifi.
The mobile tour does not need to be downloaded in advance. However, we recommend that visitors using this mobile tour ensure that they have sufficient battery charge before use.
How long do the tours take?
Each tour can be completed in about 45 minutes, but optional additional information is available for parts of the tour. If you would like to take the time to fully enjoy a tour, we would recommend that you allow at least one hour for your visit.
If you wish to take a break in your tour, you can also stop for refreshments in our tearoom.
Listen to a sample
Preview an audio tour
You can sample our audio guides with a virtual tour of four rooms in the Royal Pavilion. These combine sound clips from the audio guides with stunning 360 degree panoramas of the Pavilion. Simply choose your language and type of tour from the options below.