Brighton & Hove Parks and Gardens
Although Brighton is better known for its beach, vibrant nightlife, busy shopping and fun packed beaches, you are never far away from something to keep you entertained. But as Damon Albarn and Phil Daniels will tell you, it’s all about the Park Life! Hidden among the neon lights of Brighton are vast areas of natural beauty where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax, get active or picnic with the family. So when on a Holiday in Brighton, why not spend a day in one of the cities beautiful parks, you won’t be disappointed.
Situated next Brighton & Hove football stadium within the beautiful South Downs, Stanmer Park is one of England’s top 10 walks. Consisting of over 5,000 acres of open and woodland, Stanmer Park is mostly visited by walkers but is an ideal location for a picnic. For the more active visitor there are a number of dedicated walking and cycling routes and three football pitches. For a more relaxed visit there is a hidden gem in the form of an old walled kitchen garden. This nursery just by Sanmer House produces plants for Brighton & Hove’s. Stanmer Park is also home to the Brighton Earthship a low energy, low carbon building built from recycled material. The first building of its kind in the UK the Brighton Earthship is a centre for sustained eco-living.
Due to Preston Park’s size and location, it is one of Brighton’s most popular city parks. The largest of all of the parks in the city, Preston Park is a place for sporting recreation with Children’s Playground, four Football pitches, two Cricket Fields, three Bowling Greens, two Basketball Courts, eight Tennis Courts, Softball Pitch, Rounders & Stoolball and a Cycle Velodrome. The park is also the perfect place for a relaxing time in the sun or picnic on a summers day. The jewel in the park is The Rockery, the largest municipal rock garden in the country. The Rockery is a beautifully bio-diverse garden featuring twisting walkways, streams and waterways. Preston Park i is also used as a venue for concerts, circuses, fairs, family days and other events held within the city.
Designed by architect Charles Galloway in 1825, Queens Park was named by owner Thomas Attree after Queen Adelaide. Queens park is probably one of the cities more relaxing parks, perfect for a stroll or slow walk. An oasis within the city, you can feed the ducks in the lake or wander around the wildlife garden and a sentenced garden which has been planted by herbalists to tease the senses. Queens Park also has a play area for children, a café where you can sit and enjoy the park, bowling green and tennis courts. There is also a grade two listed clock tower, built in 1915 from Redbrick and Portland stone.
St. Ann’s Well Gardens
The pathways through-out the park are lined with a wide range of both native and exotic trees, which give the gardens their unique character. The trees also provide a home for the diverse wildlife and nature conservation is a key factor for St Ann’s Well Gardens and they are home to two species of bats but is better known for its squirrels. St Ann’s Well’s has a sensual garden where everything is focused on the senses; touch, smell, sight, sound and taste. This garden is ideal for the visually impaired and there is also a well stocked pond. The park also has plenty of open space for relaxing in, running about or playing games. With a Children’s Playground, Bowling Green and eight Tennis Courts. There is also a great café in the centre of the park where you can relax and watch the world go by. The park is also famous for its Saxon ‘Chalybeate’ (iron bearing) spring, later known as St Ann’s Well.
Home to the legendary ‘Goldstone’ Hove Park has many unique features including the Hove Park Railway. A volunteer run model railway, which children and big kids would love. The Fingermaze at the edge of the park is a sculpture carved into the park which resembles a giant finger print with a Cretan labyrinth. Hove Park covers over 40 acres and is a wonderful space with lots of space, grassed areas and plants popular with walkers, cyclists and families. The park also has a Children’s Playground, three Football pitches, a Bowling Green, twelve Tennis Courts, a Basketball Court and Adult play/gym equipment.
Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean are named after the village’s most famous resident, writer Rudyard Kipling. Surrounded by a flint wall, the gardens are divided in two distinct areas like the best traditional British gardens. The areas include a woodland garden, beautifully scented rose garden bursting with colour, a small herb garden and a chalk garden which has picnic tables making it the ideal spot to sit and relax. Kipling Gardens are also home to the only formal Croquet Lawns in the city. These gardens once belonged to The Elms country house, which Kipling wrote many of his Just So stories in.
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