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.
Car parking at Stanmer Park - charges, availability and arrangements
Charging for car parking began at Stanmer Park on 1 April 2021.
There are 6 designated car parks at the park:
- Lower Lodges east
- Lower Lodges west
- The Patchway
- Church car park
- Upper Lodges
Please make sure you use the correct, signed parking areas only.
You are not allowed to park your car on the grass, park roadways, verges or pavements.
The charges vary depending on time and location, and range from £1 for an hour to £6.50 for 11 hours. A full listing of the charges appears below.
There are pay by card machines at the Lower Lodges West car park and at the Patchway. All other locations are PaybyPhone, using the app, or by calling 01273 458 458.
You could get a parking ticket if you do not follow the rules.
Parking at Stanmer Village is only allowed for Stanmer residents and deliveries with authorised parking permits, and for Blue Badge holders. Any unauthorised vehicles in this area will be at risk of parking enforcement.
Income from car parking is ringfenced for the management and maintenance of Stanmer Park.
Car park charges
Chalkhill Car park, Church, Lower Lodges East and West, Upper Lodges
Monday to Sunday 9am to 8pm (upper Lodges 9am to 5pm)
Patchway car park and overflow
Moday to Sunday 9am to 8pm
Parking places in car parks away from designed heritage features have been increased and the provision of overflow parking exists for peak periods.
New cycle parking for all, including BTN Bikeshare Bikes, next to the Walled Garden, in the Patchway car park, and near the Kiosk at Lower Lodges West.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com . 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
The Stanmer Tea Rooms are open daily.
Phone 01273 680400.
Information and welcome kiosk
This new facility at the Lower Lodges entrance is expected to open in May/June 2021. It will offer snacks, and park bike hire. There will also be new public toilets there.
One Garden Brighton at the Walled Garden
The restored Walled Garden at Stanmer Park, “One Garden Brighton”, opened to the public on 2 April 2021.
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
Throughout the year, our ‘Breeze’ buses link the city with some of the most popular countryside destinations within the South Downs National Park. This includes Stanmer Park.
The 78 service goes into the heart of Stanmer Park to and from the city centre
The 79 service to Ditchling Beacon enables you to access Stanmer Park from Ditchling Road and the Upper Lodges car park. There is a bus stop on Ditchling Road directly outside this car park.
The services run every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday (except Christmas Day.)
In addition, the 25 bus provides a frequent 7-days-a-week service linking the city centre and Lewes Road with the Stanmer Park entrance – and the 23 service offers links to the park entrance from Eastern Road and Queens Park.
Summer ‘Breeze’ bus timetables: 25 April 2021 – 4 September 2021
During this period, more buses will run at weekends.
Timetables for the 78 and 79 services which serve Stanmer Park:
Cycle parking stands are provided in the west Lower Lodges car park, the new Patchway car park, and by the Palm House outside the entrance to the restored Walled Garden. These cycle stands are available to all park visitors including users of BTN BikeShare bikes.
We hope to be able to install further cycle parking provision at more locations in the park over the coming months.
There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre and the Lewes direction.
- Visit our Stanmer Park Restoration Project webpages to find out more about how we will be improving access for all.
The Living Coast has been working with So Sussex to help people explore The Living Coast by bike. There are ten new routes. Why not explore the circular ‘Granny’s Belt’ ride that takes you directly through Stanmer Park.
Falmer Station provides an easy, direct route to access Stanmer Park. as well as to the University of Sussex and Brighton University’s Falmer campus.
A pathway leads to Stanmer Park from the station’s main entrance (the entrance by the ticket office.) This pathway goes via an underpass under the main A23 and the connects through to Stanmer Park’s Lower Lodges entranceway.
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. Once Stanmer Park Restoration Project works have finished in spring 2021, we hope to be able to accept requests for new benches. 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