With its exotic exterior and flamboyant interiors the Royal Pavilion is a popular location for all kinds of professional filming and photography.
Its exotic décor and rich furnishings provide unique and original backgrounds for photo-shoots, feature films and promotional filming. The historical and cultural content lends itself to educational, documentary and historical broadcasting.
The Royal Pavilion has appeared in many well-known feature films – including Richard III starring Ian McKellen and The End of the Affair with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore – as well as television series, docudramas, music videos and fashion mags. Recent projects include The Hairy Bikers, Great British Railway Journey’s with Michael Portillo and Great Britain’s Great War with Jeremy Paxman.
What parts of the Royal Pavilion are available for filming?
Most areas of the Pavilion are available for filming including some rooms that are not normally open to the public.
If your shoot needs to be supervised by the Royal Pavilion, or requires any special access, we will charge a facility fee. Please contact us for details.
Read our guidance about using Drones in the Royal Pavilion Garden
Are there any conditions?
We ask photographers and production companies to respect the sensitive nature of such a unique and remarkable historic building.
Please download and read our full statement of Conditions for filming and photography in the Royal Pavilion [PDF].
Security is paramount during filming as well as safeguarding the needs of our visitors.
Should I make a recce first?
Yes. We always recommend that you make a preliminary visit to identify likely locations and to discuss the practicalities with us.
What are the fees?
Our standard fees are charged by the hour (or part of an hour) and are subject to VAT.
Daytime Mon-Fri from £250 per hour
Evenings and weekends from £350 per hour
Daytime Mon-Fri from £150 per hour
Evenings and weekends from £200 per hour
We will calculate special fees for the more complicated projects, for example those that require more than one camera crew, shooting at night, or changes to the usual displays. Download our more detailed fee rates below
Do I need to book in advance?
Yes. All bookings must be made in advance.
How do I make a booking?
Please contact us. We will discuss your filming or photography requirements in more detail and help you with your booking.
For further information about professional filming and photography at the Royal Pavilion, or to book a shoot, contact Royal Pavilion & Museums Marketing Team:
Telephone 03000 290906
For information about location filming elsewhere in Brighton & Hove, consult the Brighton & Hove City Council Events Office on 01273 292711.