Preston Park is the largest urban park in the city. Whether you want to take part in sports or sit and enjoy a picnic on a summer’s day, Preston Park is the perfect place to go. Due to its size and location the park is also used as a venue for concerts, circuses, fairs, family days and other events.
You can find out more about these, and how you can be involved with the park community, below.
Preston Park is also home to the 'Preston Twins' - widely considered the largest and oldest Elm trees in the world.
Park is always open
Chalet Cafe is open every day - 10am to 5pm
Monday to Friday - 9.15am to 4pm
Weekends - 9.30am to 5pm
Preston Park can be reached from Preston Road, Preston Drove and Preston Park Avenue.
Alternatively you can now download a guide to Preston Park (PDF 2.1MB) to print off and bring with you.
The 5 and 5A buses run between Hangleton and Patcham and go straight past the park every few minutes during the day. Further information and timetables available from the Brighton & Hove Bus company.
There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre and various places to secure your bicycle to around the park. Download your city cycling map here. For more information on cycling around the city check the Journey On site.
There are parking areas at the north and south of the park, accessible from Preston Drove or the junction between Preston Road and Preston Park Avenue.
Parking restrictions will be enforced between the hours of 9am and 4pm on weekdays and between 2pm and 6pm on weekends when the pay and display tariff will be;
- up to 1 hour: £0.50
- up to 2 hours: £1.00
- up to 3 hours: £2.00
- up to 6 hours: £3.00
All other areas of the park, with the exception of the bays marked for blue badge holders disabled parking, will be pedestrian only zones.
We will publish details of the amount of money raised from the parking restrictions and what it has been spent on in the park Management and Maintenance Plan.
Events organisers may apply for special arrangements for a limited period. During events parking in the park may be difficult.
Welcome to Preston Park
Report a problem in the park
Have you found a problem at the park? If so, contact us using our online City Parks problem report form.
Activities at Preston Park
- Preston Park Rock Garden Conservation & Gardening Group - every Wednesday
- Preston Park Gardening Club - every Thursday
Interested in volunteering at this park?
There are many ways to become involved in the community future of Preston Park
- Go to Friends of Preston Park to learn more about the park, its history and heritage, and to find out more
- Visit our Parks Volunteering webpage
- Use our events diary to find more events and activities at this, and other, parks across the city.
- Children's Playground
- Football pitches x4
- Basketball Court x2
- Tennis Courts x8
- Softball Pitch
- Rounders & Stoolball Pitches (on request)
- Cycle Velodrome
- Two Cafes
Points of Interest
- Walled and Rose Gardens
- Preston Manor
Don't miss this.....
Situated on the opposite side of Preston Road to the main park, the Rockery is the largest municipal rock garden in the country. The Rockery is arguably the most bio-diverse garden in the city and also features twisting walkways, streams and waterways.
Preston Park is one of seven parks in the city that is recognised by the Green Flag award scheme.
You can also Donate a Tree at this park.