An arson attack at the Royal Pavilion risked causing "major damage" to the attraction and beloved cafe in its gardens.

Firefighters were called to Brighton's Royal Pavilion on Tuesday night as two fires in bins were raging in its gardens.

Bins near the Pavilion and Gardens Cafe were set alight putting property and people at risk in the Grade II listed gardens.

The view from the Pavilion Gardens cafeThe view from the Pavilion Gardens cafe

CEO of Brighton and Hove Museums Hedley Swain said: "We're horrified by this late night arson attack which could have seriously injured people in the garden and caused major damage to the Royal Pavilion, a heritage site of world famous importance and the heart of the city. 

"It could also have burnt down the Pavilion Gardens cafe and cost a local business its livelihood. 

"We were fortunate our night time security staff were able to call the fire service who dealt quickly with the fires."

One of the burnt binsOne of the burnt bins (Image: Andrew Gardner / The Argus)

Parts of the lawn in the Gardens are badly damaged and will take some time before they are restored, in the run up to the busy summer season.

"Our garden team have spent much of the day clearing away the debris," Mr Swain added.

Sussex Police investigated the fire and have not made any arrests - but are appealing for anyone with information to come forward by reporting online or via 101 quoting serial 1529 of 11/06.

Crews repairing the lawnCrews repairing the lawn (Image: Royal Pavilion)

A spokeswoman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: "East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called to attend two bin fires in Royal Pavilion Grounds, Brighton on June 11 at 10:38pm and June 12 at 00:35am.

"Firefighters from Preston Circus were in attendance at both incidents, using one hosereel jet to extinguish each fire.

"There were no reports of any casualties and both fires were reported to be deliberate."

Information can also be sent anonymously through Firestoppers on 0800 169 5558