Stanmer Park

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

  • Information update 20 March 2020:  Because of the present emergency situation with Covid-19, the last day of operation for the Stanmer Park 78 bus service will be Sunday, 22 March. The service, and the other two ‘Breeze’ buses 77 and 79, will be reinstated as soon as possible.


Bluebells in Stanmer

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.

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

Local ecologist Kate Ryland and Cityparks has 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 and we will coordinate details. View the maps below:

View a map of Stanmer Woods (PDF 643KB)

View a map of Stanmer Ancient Woodlands (10MB)

Opening Times


  • 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, 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 Tea Rooms

  • 9.30am to 4pm

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 "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 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 which is due in autumn 2020. For all enquiries about the parking enforcement, contact One Parking Solution directRead more in our press release.

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 from 2020 due to the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.

Existing opportunities include:

Points of Interest



Sports Facilities


  • 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

Contacting us and reporting park problems