Nestled between Chichester and Portsmouth and part of the South Downs National Park, Stansted Park stands in 1800 acres of extraordinary landscaped parkland and ancient forest.
In 1983 the 10th Earl of Bessborough made the decision to give Stansted Park, the Arboretum, his family home and its beautiful contents to the public. Stansted Park Foundation was set up as a charitable trust charged with the preservation of the estate for the benefit of the nation.
The ground floor is adorned with Ponsonby family portraits and possessions as well as original furniture, fixtures and fittings. Downstairs is home to one of Britain’s best examples of ‘life below stairs’ with room upon room laid out as it would have been in the house’s heyday.
In addition to the mansion, Stansted Park also has a private chapel, which has a unique colourful history of its own. This elegant Regency chapel stands on the site of the first great house and re-uses some of its fifteenth century masonry and locks. The chapel’s unique east window illustrates the wish of its founder, Lewis Way, to re-unite the Jewish and Christian faiths.
Today visitors to the Park can enjoy seasonal tours of this splendid mansion as well as being able to use the grounds and forest free of charge throughout the year. This public space includes the walled gardens with its tearoom, farm shop, garden centre, maze and miniature railway.
The house hosts stunning weddings, prestigious business meetings and seminars and is home to some of the best events in the south.
Open Easter – end of September
Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed
1pm – 5pm (last admission 4pm)
Concession £8 (60+, students)
Child £5 (5yrs - 16yrs)
Family £25 (2+3)
Stunning House and Servants Quarters
Pavilion Tea Room set in the Victorian Walled Gardens
The Stansted Park Garden Centre
The Stansted Park Farm Shop
Sawmill and timber products
We want to help you get the most out of your visit. We welcome visitors of all interests and abilities. The Walled Gardens, Garden Centre, craft workshops and Pavilion Tea Room all have level access, but some paths in the grounds are sloping.
There is a wheelchair lift and an Edwardian caged lift for access to the historic House. We regret, we are unable to provide access for large powered wheelchairs.
Disabled visitors can be set down and collected at the door of the House by prior arrangement (call 02392 412265). Please also download or ask for our access statement. We also welcome your feedback to help us improve our service.
The Visitor car park is the main access to all Walled Garden attractions, the Stansted Maze, the Pavilion Tea Room, Stansted Farm Shop, Stansted House and the Chapel. There is a designated disabled car park next to the Pavilion Tea Room for Blue Badge holders and beside the entry to the Garden Centre.
House visitors with mobility limitations may be dropped off beside the House. Please email in advance or phone 02392 412265 during office hours for directions.
Stansted Park Foundation