Brighton Royal Pavilion Tunnel Tour
Imagine if while you were working off that Christmas weight you could stay out of sight by building yourself a tunnel from your house to wherever you needed to go.
This is exactly what the overweight Prince Regent (later George IV) did in 1821, allowing him to access his stables from Brighton’s Royal Pavilion without being seen, and the secret spot is now open to public tours.
Lasting around 45 minutes, the basement and tunnel tours offer a glimpse into the less-glamorous areas of the Royal Pavilion used primarily by George’s servants – a must for fans of Downton Abbey.
Visitor Services Officer Meg Hogg says: “Visitors will discover more about life below stairs for Royal Pavilion servants, from the rat catcher to George IV’s principal private secretary. The tour ends with a visit to the tunnel which led to George’s royal stables and riding school, before emerging in what is now Brighton Museum.”
The Royal Pavilion Basement and Tunnel Tours run Mondays from 2 January to 27 March (excluding 16 & 23 January), 4.15-5pm (£12, members £10, book in advance).