The Level was completely restored in 2013, thanks to funding from a number of sources, principally the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund via a 'Parks for People' grant.
The transformed park has won several prestigious awards, including notably for its exemplary environmental principles and practices including sustainable gardening practices. The park now provides a thriving city centre open space offering something for everyone to enjoy.
- Find out more about the park, and the many events and activities you can get involved in at The Level, on our main restoration project webpage
- The Level is one of our Green Flag parks.
Services on The Level
There are public toilets at the outer sides of the cafe building, including an accessible toilet and a Changing Places toilet.
At the centre of the park you can visit the cafe, Tomato Dolce & Salato.
The Level is one of our disabled access parks.
Community spaces for hire
The two restored pavilions offer community spaces for hire. Email email@example.com
Activities and volunteering
The Level is known for its thriving informal and formal events programme, which is boosted by a community volunteer-led Activity Plan . This Plan is a requirement of our principal funders.
Volunteering opportunities are advertised on our main restoration project webpage, park noticeboards, on social media and via our partners' contacts networks. More information from firstname.lastname@example.org
The Level Communities Forum (LCF)
The LCF is a group of volunteers working in conjunction with the city council for the long-term benefit of the park. The Forum is always pleased to welcome new members who can help the group provide even more events and activities for all to enjoy.
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The Level is very well served by buses. Brighton & Hove Buses' frequent service 25 and The Big Lemon's service 44 go to the east (Lewes Road) side, while many routes serve the Open Market stops in Ditchling Road or Oxford Street. These include the number 21, 22, 24, 26, 37, 37B, 38, 46, 48, 49, 50 and 81 routes. Further bus information and timetables.
There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre, including National Cycle Route 20. There are cycle paths on the west, east and north perimeters of the park. We have also provided several places to park and secure your bicycle around the park. For more information see our city cycle facilities map
The Bike Train runs group rides from The Level. These include daily term-time rides from the north-east corner of The Level, along Lewes Road to Falmer (Sussex University and Brighton University sites).
There is on-street pay and display parking along Ditchling Road, Union Road and Lewes Road. Two disabled bays, including one which will be suitable for a minibus (with blue badge), are planned. For more information on travelling around the city visit Journey On.
Points of Interest
Elm trees and butterflies
The Level has a large and nationally-important elm tree collection which supports a colony of White-letter Hairstreak butterflies. This endangered species lives mainly in the treetops, and the butterfly's lifecycle is entirely dependent on elms for food. The butterfly was spotted at The Level during the park's restoration, and has also been seen since.
Find out about The Level's fascinating history
The Rose Walk
The Rose Walk is a crossway path connecting the east and west sides of the park. It's been completely re-planted and re-landscaped to include a range of attractive and insect-friendly plants and shrubs including some roses.