Former Times editor Simon Jenkins, places the building in the top 20 in England’s Thousand Best Houses. It gets five out of five stars – the same as Windsor Castle and Hampton Court.
Judging criteria were character, life and originality.
Buckingham Palace gets just three stars.
The Pavilion joins Kensington Palace, Blenheim Palace and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire among the elite 20 buildings awarded five stars.
Parham House near Pulborough is the only other house in Sussex in the top 20.
Mr Jenkins says of the Pavilion: “I know of few buildings which, by day or night, are such a joy to contemplate.
“Not an inch is left untouched by art…Brighton is a celebration of the sense of sight.”
A council restoration of the Pavilion started in 1982, lasting ten years and costing over £10m. The programme to reinstate the oriental-inspired interior approved by George IV in the early 1820s continues today.
Deputy council leader Sue John said: “It’s a great honour and a tribute to the work staff have done in restoring the building in the last two decades. For the city to have one of the finest houses in England is a big attraction to UK and overseas visitors and a major asset to our tourist trade.”
Also included in the book is Brighton’s council-run Preston Manor, with two stars.
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