Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
Live Music Venue
The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts is a state-of-the-art cultural hub for the University of Sussex and the wider arts and local communities to come together for regular performances, screenings, exhibitions, discussions and conferences. The Creative Director is Laura McDermott.
Located on its Falmer campus, the Centre also provides an important new teaching and research space for the University.
The Attenborough Centre is a Grade II* listed building containing a 350-seat flexible auditorium, studios for teaching/research/rehearsal, café/bar and social meeting area.
The Centre is named as a tribute to the involvement of Lord Attenborough and his family with both the University of Sussex and the arts.
Map & Directions
Car parking on campus
There is limited car parking available at the Sports Centre Car Park (P5), Sussex House Car Park (P4) and Biology Road Car Park (P3), all of which are within a couple of minutes’ walk from the Attenborough Centre.
The routes from the car parks to the Attenborough Centre are accessible for people in wheelchairs.
Please see the campus map for the location of car parks on campus.
General parking is not allowed immediately outside the Attenborough Centre, nor on Gardner Centre Road.
There is one blue badge parking bay on Gardner Centre Road opposite the venue, and there are two disabled bays for blue badge holders in the Sports Centre Car Park - these are available on a first-come, first-served basis (as they are often shared with Sports Centre users).
Parking for Matinee Weekday Performances
The campus car parks get very busy, particularly on weekdays between 9am and 5pm. We strongly recommend using another form of transport if you are attending a weekday matinee performance. If you do decide to drive, please allow more time for your journey.
Parking on Match Days
The University occasionally shares some of its car parking spaces at the front of campus with Brighton & Hove Albion, who play at the AMEX stadium (opposite the University). We try to avoid programming events when there is a football match on, but sometimes clashes are unavoidable.
If you are coming to the Attenborough Centre at the same time as a football match, please note that the front of campus next to the Attenborough Centre gets very busy. The closest car parks (for example, the Sports Centre and Sussex House car parks) are often closed, so please allow extra time for your journey and to park. Head for the Jubilee Multi-Story (P7), Park Village (P8) or Lewes Court (P9). Use the Knights Gate Road entrance (off the A27) to campus to access these car parks.
See the University’s Parking for Visitors and Where to Park on Campus pages for further details.
Car parking prices
After 5pm on weekdays, and on weekends and bank holidays, car parking is free.
Parking in the disabled spaces is always free.
Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm – £2.50 for three hours.
Please note that Pay by Phone is now enabled in Car Park 4 (Sussex House) and Car Park 5 (Sports Centre). This means you can pay parking charges by calling 01273 785599, online at www.paybyphone.co.uk or via the mobile app.
For further information, please visit the University’s Parking for Visitors page.
Public Transport Directions
The nearest station is Falmer (approx 5 minutes’ walk from our building) and the train takes less than 10 minutes from both Brighton and Lewes. Trains run regularly during the day (about every 15 minutes) and the last train leaves Falmer at 23:45 for Lewes and 00:25 for Brighton. See National Rail for further information. From the train station follow signs to University of Sussex – walk under the underpass and follow the footpath until you reach a zebra crossing. Turn left here until you reach Gardner Centre Road on your right. Turn right up Gardner Centre Road to find the main entrance of the building. The Attenborough Centre is the building with round red brick towers.
Click here for a photo route from Falmer station to the venue
Visit by Bus
The Number 25 and 25X bus brings you from central Brighton all the way to University of Sussex campus. Alight at the ‘ACCA and Sports Centre’ bus stop and you will see the Attenborough Centre (building with round red brick towers) through a stretch of tall trees across the lawn.
Later at night
There is a night bus. Route N25, which runs to and from the campus to the centre of the city, is hourly from 12am to 5am all week. The fare is £2.60 each way. If you miss the night bus there is a special discount fare using Streamline Taxis (Tel: 01273 747474) from the centre of Brighton to the University which costs £12.
Getting here by bike
We encourage you to visit us by bike. There are bike lanes most of the way towards the University campus from Brighton or Lewes and the cycle takes about 25 minutes from both. There are bicycle racks on the University of Sussex campus around Falmer House, a short walk from the Attenborough Centre. Our box office staff can help guide you or answer any questions.
You can also hire Brighton Bike share bikes in the city to use for your journey.
For more information see the University’s transport FAQs.