How much did it cost?

The original palace cost £150,000 – the equivalent of £13,900,000 in 2014; whilst the relocation cost an incredible £1,300,000. That's £111,000,000 in today's terms. This huge discrepancy in costs was largely down to the renovation and landscaping of the common, and the resulting debt would sadly lead to eventual ruin.

Admissions to the palace during the era of the exhibition varied from three guineas to a single shilling. A guinea being worth, in 2014, just less than three hundred pounds, and a shilling a little less than five. The inconsistency in fees allowed for a greater number of visitors, with the prices falling significantly at the close of the parliamentary season. This encouraged the common man to visit the wonders of the palace and would have increased turnover.