With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer is just as perfect for a family picnic as it is for a kickabout with your friends, or for those looking for a bracing walk over the Downs.
Stanmer Park is next to Sussex University on the outskirts of the city. Stanmer Park and Estate is an excellent example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton and Hove - and remains one of our most visited parks. It is also the city's largest park.
In January 2017, we were successful in our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund's 'Parks for People' programme. We're now moving ahead with work on the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.
- Read more about the Stanmer Estate restoration
- Learn more about the history and heritage of Stanmer, its 18th Century landscape and buildings
- Visit the Stanmer Preservation Society's pages
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is being enforced at Stanmer Park. Find out about PSPOs in Brighton & Hove.
- Always open
Stanmer Park Tea Rooms
- 9.30am to 4pm. Visit the Stanmer Park Tea Rooms website
- Open 365 days a year from 10am. Closing times vary depending on the time of year. Check the Stanmer House website for details.
Stanmer Park can be reached from Ditchling Road, and Stony Mere Way, off Lewes Road. There are also footpaths connecting to the South Downs and University of Sussex.
Public transport links
The 78 "Breeze" bus operates at weekends, hourly. Frequent bus services 25 and 25X (from the city centre and central Hove) stop outside the main entrance to Stanmer Park. Service 23 from Brighton Marina, Eastern Road and Queen’s Park and service 50U from Hollingdean also stop at the park. Buses return towards the city from the bus stop in front of Falmer Station.
There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre and various places to secure your bicycle around the park. For more information on cycling around the city check the Journey On site.
There is limited parking available at the park in designated car park areas.
In October 2017, we introduced an interim parking arrangement to tackle inconsiderate parking which was causing obstructions to emergency vehicles, the 78 bus, park residents and other park visitors, and those with disabilities. Clearly marked, designated parking areas have now been set up and enforcement is in place. This arrangement will apply until a long-term solution can be found. Read more in our press release.
Points of Interest
Stanmer Church is open Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm in the summer and 2pm to 4pm in winter. It has displays on local heritage. The church can be opened at other times through prior arrangement with the Stanmer Preservation Society.
New outdoor activity trails
Permanent outdoor activity trails are being developed in Stanmer Park. The Brighton & Hove Healthwalks Scheme and local group Nordic Walking for Health offer regular opportunities to join in walks at the park. It is hoped trails for cross-country running and off-road family cycling will be offered in due course through the Stanmer Experience Project (SEP). The trail leaflets below were produced through the SEP, and funded by the South Downs National Park Authority.
- Stanmer Experience Project Health Walk Leaflet (1.21 MB)
- Stanmer Experience Trail Nordic Walking leaflet (1.44 MB)
Events and activities at Stanmer Park
|Every Friday - 10am and 3.30pm||Special Branch Tree Nursery volunteering|
|Every Thursday - 10.30am to 3pm||Brighton Permaculture Plot volunteer day|
Use our events diary to find more events and activities at parks across the city.
Welcome to Stanmer Park
Report a problem at the park
Have you found a problem at the park? If so, contact us using our online City Parks problem report form.
One of the park’s most unique features is Stanmer Village, a great example of an 18th Century working village, with Stanmer House as its main focal point.
Its farm, tea room and church create a village that is one of the many reasons Stanmer remains one of Brighton’s most visited parks.
You can also donate a tree at this park.
Get involved and find out more
- Park Rangers - Discover what the Park Rangers are doing in the area, and find out more about volunteering opportunities
- Stanmer is one of our Easily Accessible parks