With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer Park is just as perfect for a family picnic as it is for a kick about with your friends or those looking for a bracing walk over the Downs.
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.
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.
Charges are due to be implemented at Stanmer Park when construction on the Stanmer Park Restoration Project completes in early 2021. Find more information about the TRO on our Current traffic regulation orders page.
Due to the construction works, there are fewer car parking spaces at Stanmer Park. There will be improved car parking provision once the works have finished.
Until the TRO is implemented, we have an interim parking enforcement arrangement in place. Please ensure you park only in designated, marked car parking areas. Do not park on the grass, verges or the park roadway.
The enforcement arrangement was introduced in 2017 to help to tackle inconsiderate parking. This caused obstructions to:
- emergency vehicles
- the park’s 78 bus
- park residents and other visitors
- those with disabilities
as well as causing damage to the park’s sensitive environment. Vehicles parked outside designated car parking areas are subject to a parking charge of up to £100. For enquiries about current parking enforcement, go to the One Parking Solution website.
Find more information about travelling to Stanmer Park in our "getting there" section, below.
Welcome to Stanmer Park
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, email@example.com first, for advice and information.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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, 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
- Check the Stanmer House website for details, as Stanmer House is currently closed to the public.
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 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.
There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre and various places to secure your bicycle around the park.
- Visit our Stanmer Park Restoration Project webpages to find out more about how we will be improving access for all.
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):
- Healthwalks - currently every Thursday 11am, meeting at Lower Lodges. Also every fourth Sunday, 10.45am, meeting at Stanmer Tea Rooms
- Brighton Permaculture Trust
- Stanmer Organics and Earthship Brighton
- Centre for Ecotherapy
- Special Branch Tree Nursery volunteering
- 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
- You can also search volunteering opportunities on the Community Works volunteering platform.
Points of Interest
- Stanmer Organics/Earthship
- Stanmer Church is usually 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.
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.
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.
- Two football pitches are available.
- 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
- 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 2021 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