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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  • One of our oldest parks, quiet and peaceful, green and lush and huge open space. Easy access by car, easy parking and no fees. And the tiny hamlet and especially its church are a treat.  more »
  • beautiful park ruined by 2 things - the noise of the dual carriageway can be heard in some parts of the park and then there are all people who are unable to use a bus or walk more than 10metres. Why d...  more »
  • A great place for a family picknick or occasionally to watch amature cricket. It has some fine views and if you are a walker either access to the "Downs" or circular part woodland trail within the par...  more »
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  • Lovely in the autumn. Really recommend the Apple day festival. Beautiful orchard and stammer house is a treat .
  • The park is amazing but stanmer house doesn't make great coffee. Good tea though.
  • A truly wonderful park. I've been visiting all my life from young child to middle aged man. I never get bored coming here. It hosts a lot of different events every year.
  • This place is good for strolls or a hike! They also have bluebell fields around early spring.
  • I often visit this place. Visitor should be careful about cow dung here laid in the ground.

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