Preston Park, Brighton

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Preston Park is a park near Preston Village in the city of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, England. It is located in Preston Park ward to the north of the centre of Brighton, and served by the nearby Preston Park railway station. Preston Park is also one of the wards of Brighton and Hove City Council. The population as of the 2011 census was 14,911.OverviewIt is one of Brighton's largest parks, with 63acre of lawns, formal borders and rose gardens, bowling greens, tennis courts and a small pond. It was bought in 1883 by Brighton Corporation (then Brighton's local council) from Mr William Bennett-Stanford who owned the Preston Manor estate and had begun to develop the park as enclosed pleasure grounds. The costs of the purchase (£50,000) and initial layout (£22,868) were funded with a bequest of £70,000 from a local bookmaker, William Edmund Davies in 1879. The park was formally declared open on 8 November 1884.The Brighton and County Polo Club, started by Lt. Col. Robert McKergow in 1904, was based in Preston Park. An earlier club, the International Gun and Polo Club, founded by George Mashall in 1874, used grounds in Preston, probably Preston Park, though the club itself was based in the Bedford Hotel.
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  • Here for Pride. Was very clean. Very well kept and enjoyed the day. Park is beautiful any time of the year and is defo a lovely place for a picnic.  more »
  • Here for Pride weekend. The event is managed so well and the environment is safe for everyone. Did not have to wait long in the cue to gain entry and once inside drink service was quick and friendly.  more »
  • Towns and cities need parks for the public open space they provide and this is a great example of one. Large space Well maintained Great location Accessible Something for everyone. Great facility whic...  more »
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  • Preston Park is one of the best parks in Brighton.! Has a great play area for smaller children. Basket ball and tennis courts. Football teams playing on Sundays. Fancy joining or playing lawn bowls, personal trainers or just a jog with friends. Preston Park throughout the summer host many different celebrations, the most renowned- Pride for two days! Circuses from around the world, food festivals. The park is always well maintain with beautiful flowers. Dogs are welcome in the park. If you fancy a coffee, breakfast then there's two cafe points. Parking on the inner side of park. although the road is not tarmacked also road parking- payable inside and out.
  • This is a lovely, spacious park not too far from the centre of Brighton and close to Preston Park station. The park has a good quality Rotunda cafe overlooking the nearby rose garden. Currently there is a stunning meadow garden in full bloom with wild flowers and plenty of benches to sit on and enjoy the view. There are play facilities, a vegetable garden, tennis courts, bowls and another cafe. Nearby is Preston Manor with its ancient church, two 400 year old elm trees, a walled garden and a fine rock garden across the road with great views. Plenty of space for picnics and there is a nice selection of trees and flower beds. Also nearby is paid parking. A great place to be on a sunny day. Does host the annual Pride celebration and occasional circuses.
  • Beautiful park in Brighton, 5 minutes from London Road shops. Great playground for kids, rose garden, cafe, football pitches and open spaces. Good for dog walking. The historic Preston Manor is situated at the far end of the park (close to Preston Park train station).
  • One of the biggest and best parks in Brighton. So much space for activities, has a cafe, toilets, tennis courts, basketball courts, flower gardens & more! Lots of events held here too, that are always worth checking out. Great for a stroll or weekend BBQ!
  • This park is lovely and has plenty for everyone. There are two cafes and plenty of picnicking space. Several events take place here throughout the year including Pride. There are lots of lovely trees and shrubs, wild fliwers and more formal plantings. There is also free access to Preston Manor gardens.

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