The Level

The Level - MacLaren Pavilion

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Park opening times

Park is always open.

Getting there

The Level can be reached from Lewes Road, Union Road and Ditchling Road. View a map that shows where The Level is located.


Brighton & Hove Buses' frequent service 25 goes to east (Lewes Road) side, while many routes serve the Open Market stops in Ditchling Road or Oxford Street to the park's west. These include the number 21, 22, 24, 26, 37, 37B, 38, 46, 48, 49, 50 and 81 routes. Get more information about bus routes and timetables.


There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre, including Sustrans' National Cycle Route 20. There are cycle paths on the west, east and north perimeters of the park and several places to park and secure your bicycle around the park.

Check out the Brighton and Hove Cycle Map.

There are Btn Bikeshare hubs on the northern and southern perimeters of the park.

The Bike Train runs group rides from The Level, including to the city's universities and occasionally to special events, such as the annual Apple Day event at Stanmer Park.


There is on-street pay and display parking along Ditchling Road, Union Road and Lewes Road. Two disabled bays, including one suitable for a minibus with valid blue badge, are available on the perimeter.


The Level is one of our disabled access parks, and has a large number of accessibility features. Find out about accessibility at the Level.

Services and facilities

  • Picture of Lavender on the Rose Walk at the LevelThe Level Cafe is open seven days a week. Hours vary depending on the season.
  • Toilets: Public toilets at the outer sides of the café building, including an accessible toilet and a Changing Places toilet. The toilets are managed by Healthmatic Ltd. Tel 01249 823 143.
  • Community rooms for hire: Two spaces for small community events in the restored pavilions - the whole of the MacLaren pavilion, and the smaller Elm Room in eastern pavilion. Email or Tel 01273 292704 for more information.
  • Drinking water fountains: One in playground and another by skatepark
  • Play fountains: Summer months only. The fountains are managed by Freedom Leisure.

Sports and games

  • The Level's landscaped playground provides a wide range of exciting play equipment suitable for all ages and abilities. There is also a sensory play garden area. (See also "Accessibility".)
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    Playground slide The Level
    The park has an international-standard skatepark in the northern quadrant. Find out more about skateparks in the city
  • Table tennis: Have a free table tennis game near the Maclaren Pavilion. Bats and balls from the café
  • Pétanque and boccia: Enjoy a game on our special games area in the southern part of the park. Find out how to play boccia (PDF 2.8MB)Find out how to play pétanque (PDF 3.7MB)
  • Chess: Enjoy a game on the chessboards set into the picnic tables around the pétanque area

Events and activities

The Level has a thriving informal and formal events programme. Here's a list of some of the regular activities and events.

Search for other city events in the council's events diary.

Interested in holding a public event at The Level? Find out what you need to know if you're thinking about organising an event on council land. We have a separate event organiser's guide for The Level, email for information.

The Level herb garden and pavilion
Volunteering and The Level Communities Forum

Conservation and Sustainability

The park observes the highest sustainability and environmental standards, with particular focus on encouraging pollinators. There is a Bee Bed and a Butterfly garden, and many other plants are specially selected for their attractiveness to these insects. Information about the park's environmental activities is on noticeboards including one near the cafe.

Read more about Elm Trees and butterflies at The Level below.

Other points of interest at The Level


Green Flag Award newThe park has won a clutch of awards for its accessibility, sustainability, environmental standards, heritage protection and interpretation,and landscaping. It is also a Green Flag park.

The park's Garden Manager was awarded the Gardener of the Year award by South and South East in Bloom in 2017.

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 2013 restoration, and has been seen on many occasions since. Read more about The National Elm Collection.


Find out about The Level's fascinating history

Education and learning

Schools and registred educational groups can book our curriculum-linked School Resource Box free for onsite use. Contact cityparks@brighton-hove,

Art at The Level

Have a look at the park's community-inspired artwork in the central part of the north lawns and on the chessboard tabletops of the picnic tables arnd the pétanque area. The artwork is textured so it can be appreciated by those with visual impairment. (See also "Sports and games". and "Accessibility.)

Happenstance archway

An eye-catching polished steel archway, installed 2017 at the southern end entrance, has images of the park's history and wildlife picked out through the innovative use of perforations. Watch a video about the steel arch sculptures on YouTube

Other information

The Level is in the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere, now known as The Living Coast.

Watch a YouTube video about the park made by City College Brighton students.

Report a problem in the park

Found a problem at The Level? Contact us online to report a problem.

Find who to contact to report queries and concerns (PDF 128KB).
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