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Visiting Pavlovsk

Pavlovsk is just over 30km south of St. Petersburg, 5km further down the road from Pushkin/Tsarskoe Selo. Many visitors therefore find it convenient to combine both estates in one day, spending most of the day in Pushkin, and a few hours in Pavlovsk towards evening. If you have the time, however, it is well worth spending a leisurely day in Pavlovsk, taking in the full glories of the vast park.

Tour of Grand Palace interiors in Pavlovsk royal estate, south of St Petersburg, Russia
Tour of Grand Palace interiors in Pavlovsk

To get to Pavlovsk from St. Petersburg, you can either take an electric train from Vitebsk Station (departing roughly every half-hour, journey time 35 minutes), or a marshrutka minibus from Moskovskaya Metro Station (K-286, journey time 40 minutes). To travel between Pavlovsk and Tsarskoe Selo, take either the electric train or a K-545 or K-299 minibuses between the Catherine Park and Pavlovsk Park.

Address:20, Sadovaya Ulitsa, Pavlovsk (town)
Phone:+7 (812) 452-1536
Website:http://www.pavlovskmuseum.ru/

Grand Palace

The Palace at Pavlovsk is not grand in dimensions, but designed with the elegant restraint of severe neoclassicism it nonetheless impresses, and has some beautifully decorated interiors.

Open:May 1 to October 31: Open daily, except the first Monday of each month, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. November 1 to April 30: Open daily, except Friday, and the first Monday of each month. The museum reserves the right to open ONLY the State Rooms and close other exhibits on Public Holidays.
Admission:Adult: RUB 500.00. Family (2 Adults + 1 Child): RUB 900.00. Family (2 Adults + 2 Child): RUB 1150.00. Photo: RUB 200.00 Video: RUB 300.00. Temporary exhibits: RUB 150.00 each
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the palace.

Pavlovsk Park

A superb example of English-style landscaping, this huge park has beautiful rolling vistas, dense woodland, and several charming follies.

Open:Daily, 6 am to 12 pm.
Admission:May 1 to October 31, Daily, 10.00-18.00: Adult: RUB 150.00. November 1 to April 30: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00-18.00: RUB 150.00. All other days and times: Free
Accessibility note:Full wheelchair access to the park is available.

Rose Pavilion

The centre of Pavlovsk Park, this elegant neoclassical pavilion is a fine example of early 19th century wooden architecture, and was the favourite haunt of Empress Maria Fyodorovna.

Open:May 1 to October 31: daily, except Monday & Friday, 11 am to 6 pm. Closed on all other dates
Admission:Adult: RUB 150.00. Schoolchildren: RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Private Garden of Empress Maria Fyodorovna

Reserved exclusively for the owners of the Grand Palace, this small but beautifully executed garden was designed by Charles Cameron as a cozy retreat.

Open:May 1 to October 31: daily, 11 am to 7 pm. Closed on all other dates
Admission:Adult: RUB 150.00. Schoolchildren: RUB 100.00
Accessibility note:Full wheelchair access to the park is available.

Temple of Friendship

A typical neoclassical rotunda, the Temple of Friendship was dedicated to Catherine the Great, and her likeness is featured in a series of flattering sculptures and bas-reliefs.

Open:May 1 to October 31: daily, except Monday & Friday, 11 am to 6 pm. Closed on all other dates
Admission:Free
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the museum.

Museum of Costumes

This collection of men's and women's clothing shows the ceremonial costumes of the Imperial family through several generations, as well as historic army uniforms and civilian attire.

Open:Daily, except Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 am to 6 pm. Visits only for organized groups and by prior arrangement.
Admission:Adult: RUB 150.00. Audio guides in English RUB 150.00
Accessibility note:No wheelchair access in the museum.
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