11. Servants’ Corridor

Servants' Corridor of Royal Pavilion


From the Music Room turn right and follow the Servants’ Corridor. You can listen as you walk.

David Beevers:

‘Behind all the staterooms there’s this secret world of the servants. You can always tell when you’re in servant’s areas because the corridors are tiled with Dutch tiles. We’ve got the accounts of them; thousands of them were installed in this building. And they’re behind all the main but originally they formed a sort of seamless link from one end of the building to the other so that George would never have to see the servants.’

From this end of the Pavilion, a tunnel goes under the gardens to the Dome.

David Beevers:

‘The tunnel, which links the Royal Pavilion to the Dome, which was built originally as the Prince Regent’s stables, was constructed in 1822. One of his great passions was horses and the Dome was one of the grandest stables ever to be built in this country. But in 1822 he’d become so fat he feared ridicule, and so he built the tunnel so that he could go and visit the stables without being seen by other people.’