The Level

This page gives information about the facilities, services, special features and other essential information about The Level since its complete restoration in 2013. The Level is one of our Green Flag parks.

Opening times

Park is always open

Green Flag Award newCafe "Tomato Dolce & Salato" is usually open from 8am until 7pm seven days a week in the summer. Opening hours in winter are shorter. Please visit the cafe's Facebook page for more information.

Getting there

The Level can be reached from Lewes Road, Union Road and Ditchling Road

View map of the park's location.


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.

Fountains at The Level


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.

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.  The toilets are managed by Wetton's, Tel 0845 433 4101.


The Level is one of our disabled access parks.

Community spaces for hire

The two restored pavilions offer community spaces for hire. Email

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

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. 

Points of Interest

Elm trees and butterflies 

Herb garden at the LevelThe 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 on many occasions 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 was completely re-planted and re-landscaped as part of the restoration to include a range of attractive and insect-friendly plants and shrubs including some roses.   

Play fountains

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These fountains operate in the summer. The fountains are managed by Freedom Leisure.

Games facilities

There is a pétanque and boccia facility. Sets can be borrowed free from the Garden Manager on weekdays.

There are tabletop chessboards set into the picnic tables around the pétanque area. Chess sets and clocks can be borrowed free from the Garden Manager on weekdays.

There is a table tennis table near the cafe. Bats and balls can be borrowed free from the onsite cafe.