Parks & Gardens
Fancy a break from city life? With its vibrant, energetic nature, it’s easy to forget that Brighton is also home to an abundance of green open spaces.
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?
Relax in the parks in Brighton
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.
Brighton's Elm Tree Collection
Did you know that Brighton & Hove is home to more than 17,000 Elms which is the largest remaining population in the UK? For more information download the Elm Tree Guide & Map and there is also a Children's Activity Map so you can get the whole family involved!
- Download the map & guide to Brighton's Elm Tree Collection (1 MB)
- Download the Brighton Elm Children's Activity Map (2 MB)
Explore the Brighton countryside
Or if you want to get right away from city life, there's loads of stunning Brighton and Hove countryside, quite literally on the city's doorstep. Visit our Coast & Countryside page to find out more.
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Drusillas Park offers an opportunity to get nose to nose with hundreds of fascinating and entertaining creatures from monkeys to otters to penguins and meerkats.
Bus / Coach Tour
Great British Wine Tours will transport you out of the city and into the beautiful Sussex countryside for a full day of wine and cheese tasting.
Parkland / Woodland Garden
Wakehurst is a beautiful botanic gardens located near Haywards Heath and managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and an Elizabethan...
Botanical heritage and stunning landscapes make Borde Hill Garden the perfect day out for horticultural enthusiasts, country lovers and families. Tranquil garden rooms, woodland & lakeside walks and adventure playground with cafe and restaurant.
Bunk Campers, UK and Ireland’s largest campervan hire company offer affordable and stylish campervans and motorhomes for hire from our depot in Horsham, West Sussex. 2-6 campevans & motorhomes available. Book online from £35 per day.
Parkland / Woodland Garden
Situated on the outskirts of the city, Stanmer Park is a perfect example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton. It is perfect for a family picnic or for a kick about with your friends or for a bracing walk over the Downs.
Visit The Llama Park set in 33 acres of land in the heart of the beautiful Ashdown Forest. Here we have herds of llamas, alpacas and reindeer with newly introduced Spanish horses, donkeys, sheep and pigs.
City walks, walks into the Sussex countryside, excursions
Gardens once formed part curtilage of The Elms where Rudyard Kipling lived from 1897-1902. There is a "wild garden" for picnics & croquet can be seen during the summer. Apart from this, no ball games or radios are allowed.