Stanmer Park

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

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 is next to Sussex University on the outskirts of the city. 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.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is being enforced at Stanmer Park to assist in ensuring the park can be enjoyed by all. Find out about PSPOs in Brighton & Hove.

Welcome to Stanmer Park

Stanmer Park Woodland Management Plan

September 2018: The Stanmer Woodland Management Plan (WMP) has been 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. WMP operations will bring the woodland into active management and provide 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 in December 2016 and January 2017.

Opening Times


  • Always open

Refreshment and relaxation

Stanmer Park Tea Rooms

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 House or Stanmer Tea Rooms and you will be entitled to a 10% discount.

Further information and timetables from the Brighton & Hove Bus company, or get live bus times from our Journey On travel pages.


There are cycle lanes leading to the park from the city centre and various places to secure your bicycle around the park. For more information on cycling around the city check the Journey On site.


There is limited parking available in designated 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 have now 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 applies until a long-term solution is found. For enquiries about the parking enforcement, contact One Parking Solution directRead more in our press release.

Points of Interest


New outdoor activity trails

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.

Events and activities at Stanmer Park

Use our events diary to find more events and activities at parks across the city.


Sports Facilities


Report a problem at the park

Have you found a problem at the park? If so, contact us using our online City Parks problem report form.

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.

Its farm, tea room and church create a village that is one of the many reasons Stanmer remains one of Brighton’s most visited parks.

Get involved and find out more

How to contact us