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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  • August 17, 2017
    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 »
  • July 9, 2017
    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 »
  • June 14, 2017
    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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  • Great place for walks, great tea room in the village, lovely nursery with a vast range of plants. Found stammer house restaurant to be very overpriced with not much choice on the menu.
  • Amazing place for kids to run around in a safe environment
  • Very pretty, pleasant place to walk around and stop for tea/cake/beer
  • great place for mountain biking in the woods but do please be sensitive to other users - walkers and their dogs. it's a shared park. No Strava racing!
  • 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.

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