This page gives general information about Stanmer Park, its attractions and facilities. For information about the Stanmer Park Restoration project, click here.
- Information update - Stanmer Park's 'Breeze' bus service 78 restart: This service restarted after a temporary halt due to Covid-19 on 12 July 2020. The 78 bus service operates weekends and bank holidays. The other 'Breeze' services have also re-started. More information www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/breezebuses. Please also check www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus for information to assist in safer bus travel for all
- 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.
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 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
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.
Stanmer Woods ecological survey and assessment - your help welcome
Local ecologist Kate Ryland and Cityparks 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, 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
- 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 "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.
- Visit our Stanmer Park Restoration Project webpages to find out more about how we will be improving access for all.
Cars and car parking
There is currently 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. 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. A temporary car park is in place on the right up from the main entrance while the Lower Lodges parking areas are closed due to Stanmer Park Restoration Project construction works. Find out more about the TRO.
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 2020/21 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.
- 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