This page gives general information about Stanmer Park, its attractions and facilities.
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 a bracing walk over the Downs.
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, and is a unique example of an 18th cCentury designed landscape. It lies within the South Downs National Park.
The park is next to Sussex University on the outskirts of the city.
- A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is being enforced at Stanmer Park to assist in ensuring the park can be enjoyed by all. Find out about PSPOs in Brighton & Hove.
- Interested in holding an event at Stanmer Park? Please contact our events team, firstname.lastname@example.org first, for advice and information
Welcome to Stanmer Park
Stanmer Park Woodland Management Plan
The Stanmer Woodland Management Plan (WMP) was approved by the Forestry Commission (the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment) in September 2018. WMP operations are already bringing the woodland into active management and providing more learning space and resources. Activities resulting from the WMP include:
- widening rides and key paths to create wildlife corridors and to enhance parks users' experience;
- coppicing small areas to diversify the woodland's structure;
- thinning woodland to select for native and healthy trees.
We had a public consultation on the plan in December 2016 and January 2017.
Stanmer Woods ecological survey and assessment - your help welcome (June/July 2019)
Local ecologist Kate Ryland and Cityparks will be reviewing ecological records for Stanmer Great Wood, Pudding Bag Wood, Upper Lodges Wood and High Park Wood to make sure our information is as accurate as possible when we are planning our 2019/20 woodland management plan activities.We’re inviting the public to help between 21 June and 25 July 2019 - so if you know of plant or animal species, flora or fauna, in these areas and want to check they are recorded and correctly located, contact email@example.com and we will coordinate details. View the maps below:
- Always open
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.
Stanmer's farmland, tea room and church create a village that is one of the many reasons Stanmer remains one of Brighton’s most visited parks.
Refreshment and relaxation
Stanmer Park Tea Rooms
- 9.30am to 4pm
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.
- Present your valid Brighton & Hove Bus ticket for that day at Stanmer House or Stanmer Tea Rooms and you will be entitled to a 10% discount.
Further information and timetables 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 around the park.
Cars and car parking
There is limited parking available in designated, signed car park areas for Stanmer Park visitors.
In November 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 (including designated disabled parking spaces for holders of valid Blue Badges) have been set up and enforcement is in place. Vehicles parked outside the designated areas are subject to a parking charge of up to £100. This arrangement will continue until the introduction of a paid parking scheme in the park in 2020. For all enquiries about the parking enforcement, contact One Parking Solution direct. Read more in our press release.
Volunteering at Stanmer Park
There are a number of volunteering opportunities at Stanmer Park. The number and scope of these will increase significantly from 2020 due to the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.
Existing opportunities include:
- The Tidy-Up Team (TUT) (volunteer litter pickers)
- Many other parks and open space volunteeering with the city council's Ranger service. Find out more
- Stanmer Organics and Earthship Brighton
- Centre for Ecotherapy
- Brighton Permaculture Trust
- Special Branch Tree Nursery volunteering
You can also search volunteering opportunities on the Community Works volunteering platform.
Points of Interest
- Stanmer House
- Stanmer Organics/Earthship
- 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
- Find out about the Stanmer Conservation Area
- Find out more about Stanmer Park's history and heritage on the Stanmer Park Restoration Project webpage
- 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.
- Two football pitches are available.
- Toilets - including disabled toilet facilties - opposite the Tea Rooms
Events and activities at Stanmer Park
Use our events diary to find more events and activities at parks across the city.
Get involved and find out more
- Stanmer is one of our Easily Accessible parks
- Sponsored benches: There will be some additional benches at Stanmer Park as part of the restoration project. However, unfortunately we cannot accept requests for new benches until later in 2020 due to restoration project works. More information: DedicateABench@brighton-hove.gov.uk.
- There is a project under development to restore the park's Traditional Agricultural Buildings within the Stanmer village area. Watch the information video and find out more
- Visit the Stanmer Park Restoration Project webpage