The Royal Pavilion Garden is one of a few fully restored regency gardens in the country. The garden was restored following John Nash’s 1820s plans and conform as closely as possible to the original lists of plants supplied to George IV.
Today, they are maintained under organic guidelines, using natural planting techniques and organic compost, with the use of chemicals prohibited. This approach continues to encourage the return of wildlife to the centre of Brighton, with butterflies, bees and a sizeable bird population.
The Regency-style garden is maintained by Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook with the help of the Royal Pavilion garden volunteers. They carry out tasks such as weeding, pruning and deadheading, to maintain the health and appearance of plants and shrubs throughout the estate. Equally important is the volunteers’ role in providing information about the garden to visitors, sharing their knowledge of the plants and gardening techniques.
Some of what you can expect to see each season
- early spring – flowering almond trees, flowering gorse and red-flowered heath, quince, snowdrops, primroses, wild daffodils and winter hellebores
- full spring – hawthorn blossom, lilacs, laburnum trees, Spanish and purple broom, clumps of tulips, periwinkle, forget-me-nots, lilies and peonies
- summer – rock rose, yellow broom, rosemary, lavender, 15 varieties of rose, peonies, hollyhocks, foxgloves, sweet Williams, blue larkspurs, poppies, daisies
- early autumn – strawberry trees, hydrangeas, fuchsia, yellow late broom, tiger lilies, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, asters.
Brighton & Hove is home to a unique national collection of elm trees, some of which can be seen in the Pavilion Garden.
These information leaflets produced by the University of Brighton will help children and adults explore Brighton’s elms.
- Brighton’s Elm Tree collection (for adults) [PDF]
- Brighton’s Elm Tree collection — children’s activity map [PDF]
During the summer months volunteer Garden Greeters may be on hand to tell you more about the Royal Pavilion Estate.
Local byelaws dating 1997 govern the public use of the Royal Pavilion Estate. Summaries of these can be found on notices around the Estate. You can view the full set of byelaws by following the link to the PDF below.
- Find out more about the history of the Royal Pavilion Garden and Stables
- See the Royal Pavilion Estate in 3D
- Royal Pavilion Garden Explorer trail for children [PDF]