This page gives general information about Stanmer Park, its attractions and facilities.

Find information about the Stanmer Park Restoration project, which covers 20 hectares of this historically- and environmentally-important 485 hectare countryside park..

Information update 

A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) with proposals for the location of car parks and the introduction of car parking charges at Stanmer Park was advertised in spring 2020, and is now closed

Due to construction works at Stanmer Park, there are less parking spaces. This is to protect the park from long term damage. Parking enforcement is in operation at the park. 

Further information in "getting there" section, below.

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 Century designed landscape. It lies within the South Downs National Park.

The park is next to Sussex University.

Interested in holding an event at Stanmer Park? Please contact our Events team, eventsinfo@brighton-hove.gov.uk 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 from December 2017 to February 2018.

View the Stanmer Park Woodland Management Plan

Stanmer Woods ecological survey and assessment - your help welcome

Cityparks and local ecologist Kate Ryland have been 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 future woodland management plan activities.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 fiona.legarsmeur@brighton-hove.gov.uk . View the maps below:

View a map of Stanmer Woods (PDF 643KB)

View a map of Stanmer Ancient Woodlands (10MB)

Opening Times

Park

  • always open

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.

Stanmer's farmland, the Tea Rooms and the church and pond create a village that is one of the many reasons Stanmer remains one of Brighton’s most visited parks.

Refreshment and relaxation

Stanmer Tea Rooms

  • Open daily

Stanmer House

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 bus that goes to Stanmer Park on weekends and bank holidays has returned to the normal autumn/winter timetable.

New timetable starting on 4 October 2020 to April 2021:

  • 78 bus to Stanmer Park
  • 77 bus to Devils Dyke
  • 79 bus to Ditchling Beacon

Please check our Covid-19 page for information to assist in safer bus travel for all.

Cycling

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 currently limited parking available in designated, signed car park areas for Stanmer Park visitors.

We have introduced an interim parking arrangement to tackle inconsiderate parking which causes obstructions to emergency vehicles, the 78 bus, park residents and other park visitors, and those with disabilities. Parking enforcement is in place. Vehicles parked outside 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, for which a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultation was held in spring 2020. Find out more about the TRO.

For all enquiries about parking enforcement, contact One Parking Solution direct. Read more in our press release.

Find out more about the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

View of central driveway and autumn tree at Stanmer Park

Volunteering and getting involved at Stanmer Park

There are a number of opportunities at Stanmer Park. The number and scope of these will increase significantly in due course due to the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

Existing opportunities include (please check for changes as a result of Covid-19):

Points of Interest

Walks

Facilities

A new playground with a range of exciting equipment, including a large main unit designed to reflect Stanmer House, was opened in August 2020 at the park’s Lower Lodges entrance.

You can find out more in the latest press release.

In spring 2021, the historic restored Walled Garden at Stanmer Park will open to the public. This exciting new attraction is part of the Stanmer Park Restoration Project. It will be managed and operated by Plumpton College as OneGardenBrighton

Sports Facilities

Services

  • Toilets - including disabled toilet facilities - opposite the Tea Rooms - open 8am to 4pm from 1 October 2020.

Visit Stanmer Park Restoration Project to find out more about our improved and additional services. This includes an information and welcome kiosk with park bike hire. 

Get involved and find out more

Contacting us and reporting park problems