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Stanmer Park, Brighton

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Stanmer Park is a large open park immediately to the west of the University of Sussex, and to the north-east of the city of Brighton in the county of East Sussex, England, UK.The village of Stanmer, Stanmer House and Stanmer Church are within the park, which would once have been the estate of the house. All were private until bought by Brighton's Council in 1947. It is a Local Nature Reserve.Today the park is open to the public, and there is a café in the village. Guided walks of the woods are sometimes available, and in particular, "bat walks" where attendees are shown the considerable local bat population. There is also a plant nursery in the old walled kitchen garden of the estate. It has been producing plants for local parks since the 1950s.The etymological root of the name is "Stony Mere", referring to the stones around the village pond.The house was built in 1722 around an even earlier one. It was built for the Pelham family who lived there and developed the estate over many years. A mistress of King George IV also lived there. It reopened in June 2006 after extensive restoration and is now available to hire for weddings and functions. It was used as the first administrative centre of the 1961 University of Sussex, during the construction of its campus over a part of the park. A walk of elm trees was preserved within the campus design, by architect Sir Basil Spence. It is open to the public on Tuesdays.
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  • Great place for a walk, beautiful views. Plenty of parking although the parking areas are tight to enter and could do with an upgrade. Good selection of places to eat from the exquisite house to the c...  more »
  • Despite the devastation caused by the A27 Brighton bypass after the great storm of 1987, the park has offered generations of Brighton folk an accessible place to visit on the edge of the South Downs f...  more »
  • It is good for a walk, great nursery for plants a friendly cafe and a posh pub so lots for everyone and a free bus round.  more »
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  • We had my Daughters Hen afternoon tea. The setting was stunning and the room was very beautiful. We were taken to our room very promptly and were seated. The food was lovely and the waitress Katy was lovely and very helpful. Eilis organised it all for us and made sure we were looked after very well. I will certainly recommend you to my friends and will certainly come again.
  • Great park, perfect for families with young kids, cyclists and dog owners. The Full English at the Tea House by the end of the village is excellent. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the different festivals that are often organised there.
  • Full of dog poo everywhere. Dog walkers are a nuisance and leave piles of dog poo all over the park, as well as bags of dog poo all over the ground on walking trails. Trash left everywhere all over the woods, with fly tipping, bed mattresses and gypsies trash the place every so often. Also filled with nuisance car drivers who drive too fast through the park and make it feel very unsafe to walk or cycle on the road that goes through the park. Please put a toll booth on the entrance to stanmer that allows residents through but charges any other motor traffic a small fee to enter, along with slowing them down to make the park safer and hopefully keeping the gypsies out.
  • Some nice fields to walk the dog,not only is there a bin but there's a wheely bin next to it for the big rubbish. Theres people living in mobile homes but there no bova
  • A beautiful place to spend a day in the clean environment and fresh air.