18 June 2020

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From the Regency calm of the Royal Pavilion Gardens to the picturesque duck pond and Victorian Clock Tower of Queens Park, there are a wealth of gardens and parks in Brighton to explore.

With a vast array of parks and gardens in Brighton and Hove, including several with Green Flag Awards, why not add a day or two to your stay and combine the pace of a seaside city with the peace of some green open spaces?

Slightly further afield, you’ll find some beautiful walks around Stanmer Park, as well as the historic Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean, with its woodland garden, herb garden and a croquet lawn. There’s loads of stunning Brighton and Hove countryside, quite literally on the city’s doorstep.

Source from Visit Brighton

Queen's park

Queens Park is perfect if you want to take a short stroll and relax.There is a wildlife garden planted by a local herbalist and a pond at its centre.

There is also a grade two listed clock tower, built in 1915 from Redbrick and Portland stone, and six tennis courts.

Visit website. (5 min walking)

Preston park

Preston Park is the largest urban park in the city. Whether you want to take part in sports or sit and enjoy a picnic on a summer’s day, Preston Park is the perfect place to go.

Visit website. (35 min walking – 15 min by transport)

The Level

The Level Brighton is a Green Flag unique award winning open space in the heart of the awesome City of Brighton. Part of the Valley Gardens corridor, the Level has a rich history and it is a one of Brighton’s busiest parks, serving as a cross roads for the diverse communities that use and surround it.

There’s something for everyone on the Level. Everything from having fun in the awesome new kids play area and fountains to bee watching to riding the skate park! You can take it easy and relax on the North lawns, taste the yummy delights of the the Pelicano Cafe.

Visit their website. (20 min walking)

Stanmer park

Stanmer Park is an excellent example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton and Hove – and remains one of our most visited parks. It is also the city’s largest park, and is a unique example of an 18th Century designed landscape. It lies within the South Downs National Park. With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer Park is just as perfect for a family picnic as it is for a kick about with your friends or those looking for a bracing walk over the Downs.

House to the Brighton Permaculture Trust, a charity that promotes greener lifestyles and sustainable development through design. They run courses and events and apply permaculture principles to their projects.

We are run by an experienced team of volunteers and permaculturists, be sure to try their yummy Apple Juice.

Don’t miss the new project One Garden!

(40 min by transport)

One Garden (Stanmer Park)

The garden combines both heritage and innovation. Complementing our restored traditional kitchen garden, the main attraction will be a set of contemporary show gardens exploring themes such as climate change, wellbeing and biodiversity. These have been designed by modern-day landscape architect Dominic Cole who worked on the Eden Project. His thought-provoking creations will surprise and delight visitors, and inspire your own gardening ideas.

At the heart of the garden, our Kitchen will be a destination eatery and meeting place, serving high quality, seasonal dishes inspired by the garden itself and other local produce. It will be a family-friendly space with indoor and outdoor seating, and a flexible menu for every appetite.

Visit their website. (40 min by transport)

Kiplings Garden

Kiplings Gardens were once part of The Elms, where Rudyard Kipling lived from 1897 to 1902.

The Gardens have held the prestigious Green Flag awarded for the best parks and green spaces in England and Wales since 2006. A 2010 Report states that, “The standard of horticultural excellence within this garden provides a unique visitor experience.” South and South-East in Bloom have also awarded the gardens “Best Small Park” in 2012; Gold award since 2012.

Borde Hill Garden

Botanical heritage and stunning landscapes make Borde Hill the perfect day out for horticultural enthusiasts, country lovers and families alike. Created by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke from seeds gathered by the Great Plant Hunters of the early 1900s, the Edwardian Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees.

Four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family have passionately continued to develop this Grade II* English Heritage Garden and Parkland that has been a registered Charity since 1965.

Visit their website(30 min by car)

Wakehurst Garden (Part of the Kew gardens)

Explore their wild botanic garden, home to the Millennium Seed Bank and over 500 acres of the world’s plants in the heart of Sussex.

Visit their website(40 min by car)