Preston Manor, Brighton

4.4
#5 of 16 in Historic Sites in Brighton and Hove
Preston Manor is the former manor house of the ancient Sussex village of Preston, now part of the coastal city of Brighton and Hove, England. The present building dates mostly from 1738, when Lord of the manor Thomas Western rebuilt the original 13th-century structure (part of which remains inside), and 1905 when Charles Stanley Peach's renovation and enlargement gave the house its current appearance. The manor house passed through several owners, including the Stanfords—reputedly the richest family in Sussex— after several centuries of ownership by the Diocese of Chichester and a period in which it was Crown property. Since 1932, when the Stanford family bequeathed the building to Brighton Corporation, Preston Manor has been a museum and exhibition venue evoking upper-class life during the Edwardian era. A walled garden, designated as being of historic interest, has old flint walls, a ruined wellhouse and a pet graveyard, among other features. The manor house is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Britain: it has been the subject of ghost tours and television programmes, and a wide range of ghostly sightings have been alleged over a long time period. English Heritage has listed the house at Grade II* for its architectural and historical importance; some other structures in the garden are listed at the lower Grade II.
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  • I absolutely love this house. When you arrive you have to knock on door. The house is wonderful because there are no ropes and so it feels like your exploring someone's home. The staff were so helpful...  more »
  • 10-15 minute drive from Central Brighton is this house which is one of the oldest houses in Brighton. Well furnished as it was left. Self guided. You can get a combined cheaper ticket with entry to th...  more »
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  • Closed for the Winter. Wonderful place. Lovely gardens. The house is lavishly furnished. 'Resident ghosts' caused a bit of a furore for two female visitors. Our lovely guide was very informative. Apparently, she's a "ghost magnet!". Sounds a bit spooky but no harm done. Well worth a visit.
  • Charming house museum and most enjoyable Father Christmas experience. Particularly liked the (very) old fashioned tea room in the cellars
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