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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  • Lots to see, nice long walks, plenty of fun for kids too. There are nice woods, green areas for family activities, lovely orchards, walks up to the Downs, and two really good venues for tea. Plenty of...  more »
  • I've been here for a great party in the forest so I had a chance to look around. It's great to have such a forest and park near Brighton where you can just go out for camping.  more »
  • 60% of Brighton and Hove is not built on - that includes parks, farmland and open semi wild spaces. Forward thinking Councils acquired land around the dense city and Stanmer was bought in 1947 by Brig...  more »
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  • Great place for children to run freely, or for quite walks listings to birds sounds while wondering about the natural beauty
  • The parking and road here is the worst I have seen. The road surface and lack of car parks here is truly shocking. If they want this to become more popular, which it could because it has a lovely restaurant and grounds but the parking is the worst I have seen. Yellow metal posts, presumably to stop gypsies which are SO narrow. I had about 8 inches either side of a Mini Cooper so god knows how anyone would get in without scraping a modern large 4x4. The surface of the car park near the old village is truly embarrassing it is bricks and concrete, completely uneven and very likely to damage cars. They need to pump a bit of money into this place and it could be great. If they improve it I will respond with a new review.
  • The restaurant is a destination itself and the mansion is majestic. I found the senior staff more flexible and accommodating than the waiters as the place was full and sitting 5 people can be a challenge. Stamner park sits in a great location surrounded by nature that we always enjoy visiting, it would be great if there was a foot and cycling map of the area, so that we know where to go and how long it will take. Stamner parking lots had poles allowing a narrow entry and I really wonder why do they make it as difficult? There is also no visible designated disabled area for cars to park and as a result we had to wheel through the fields to reach the restaurant with our friends. Have they ever thought of cleaning the small pond nearby, it really is muddy and looks filthy. Do visit all year round, nature is always at hands reach
  • Great place to wander through woods on foot, on bicycles, or dog walking. Great for practicing tree identification as an old tree collection. Brill for jogging. There is a village shop and cafe, and the Stanmer manor house is under new management - which now charges £36 for a burger (Jan 2018) ... gulp!
  • Nice park but parking an issue. Wide open spaces, lots of places for kids to run around, trees to explore and make 'tents' out of branches. However they have now introduced parking restrictions and it is unclear as to where you can and cannot park so it is easy to get ticketed, there are also nowhere near enough spaces to park in especially on a sunny weekend.
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