The name Stanmer derives from the Saxon “Stony Mere” – meaning “Stony Pond”, and it is said that the stones which gave Stanmer its name are still to be seen around the village pond.
In 765 AD, Aedwulf, King of Sussex, granted the Stanmer Estate to the Canon Monks of St Michael in South Malling, near Lewes. There is archaeological evidence, however, that there was human habitation in the area as early as the Bronze Age – dating back to around 1500 B.C.
With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer is just as perfect for a family picnic as it is for a kick about with your friends, or for those looking for a bracing walk over the Downs.
Stanmer Park is next to Sussex University on the outskirts of the city. Stanmer Park and Estate is an excellent example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton and Hove – and remains one of our most visited parks – welcoming over 500,000 people each year. It is also the city’s largest park.
Part of the South Downs National Park, discover the beautiful woodland walks and extensive open access land at Stanmer. Stanmer Park is the gateway to the National park and is at the heart of the Living Coast UNESCO World Biosphere Region.
Walking and cycling routes for all abilities start from the Park and include highlights such as the Chattri, ‘dew’ ponds and Ditchling Beacon. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, historic woodlands and wild flowers; Stanmer is a very special place indeed.