Stanmer Park

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 & Hove - and remains one of our most visited parks. It is also the city's largest park.

In January 2017, we heard we've been successful with a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund's 'Parks for People' programme. So we're now moving ahead developing our proposals for a major restoration at Stanmer.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is being enforced at Stanmer Park. Find out about PSPOs in Brighton & Hove.

Opening Times


  • Always open

Stanmer Park Tea Rooms

Getting there

Stanmer ParkStanmer 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

Map of the park's location.

Public transport links

The 78 "Breeze" bus operates weekends only, hourly. Frequent bus services 25 and 25X (from the city centre and central Hove) stop outside the main entrance to Stanmer Park – also service 23 from Brighton Marina, Eastern Road and Queen’s Park and service 50U from Hollingdean.  Buses return towards the city from the bus stop in front of Falmer Station.  Further information and timetables from the Brighton & Hove Bus company or use our journey planner.


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. Parking restrictions are in force to ensure that the 78 bus, Stanmer residents' vehicles and emergency vehicles do not become blocked.

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. Beginner trails for walking and Nordic walking were opened at city festivals throughout the Olympic Summer of 2012. These were designed by the Brighton & Hove Healthwalks Scheme and local group, Nordic Walking for Health. It is hoped these will be followed by trails for cross-country running and off-road family cycling through the Stanmer Experience Project (SEP). The trail leaflets below were produced through the SEP, and funded by the South Downs National Park Authority.

Find out more information, and our events listings - Active Outdoors for Life (70.6 KB)

Events and activities at Stanmer Park

Use our events diary to find more events and activities at parks across the city.

Welcome to Stanmer Park


Sports Facilities


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.

Stanmer Village

Stanmer Village

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

More information and how to contact us