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Stanmer Park, Brighton

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • Walk around the park and village and enjoy it it is a beautiful place for me to walk to from where I live 
  • Loads to see and do. Great cafe. The house is so interesting. The whole atmosphere is leisurely and lovely. 
  • We were looked after by lovely Lauren who catered to all our needs with a huge smile. I would like to thank her for her time and effort by awarding her a 5 star rating. She also gave me a high five. 
  • many childhood memories walks picinics, wit rounders too follow,lol, plus many picnic and daughters little bday parties at village restaurant with horse and cart ride round , plus my bro had wedding reception,at the manor, well that's wat it was to me as a kid,and plus my uncle t Tony's memorial tree, so many areas to easily spend a summers day away, peaceful and spiritual, with amazing church,A must if u can,
  • I use to go to Stanmer park when i was a young boy and had some really good times,it's changed a bit over the years but it is still a nice day out for the whole family or a walk on your own.The village is like it's trapped in time and that's part of the charm and history. I cant wait for the summer because i intend to take my partner to the park and show her all the hidden wonders.
  • Great place to roam with the dog
  • Beautiful and lovely place to stay and discover for a whole day, very relaxing
  • Great park with lovely walks
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