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Information on enjoying the South Downs National Park

Information on enjoying the South Downs National Park

A huge thank you to everyone who has taken care when enjoying the National Park over the last few months. 

Full information on what you can and cannot do can be found via the Government coronavirus website.

We promise to keep bringing the National Park to you, until we can all visit again.


  • Can I travel to the National Park?


    Even though many outdoor attractions have reopened, Covid-19 has disrupted their usual running. Please check before visiting a location as facilitates, such as car parks and toilets, may not be open. Do not park on verges or block gates. This restricts access for other vehicles, including emergency vehicles.

    You can read the full guidance here

  • Can I stay overnight?

    Yes. There are a number of different providers in and around the National Park. 

  • Can I camp?

    Wild camping is not permitted in the National Park.

  • Are car parks and public toilets open?

    The National Park Authority does not manage any car parks or toilets.

    Many toilets and car parks in the National Park may still be closed before you visit. Check the location of your visit before you leave home. Only park in designated parking spaces and not on grass verges.

  • Is the South Downs Visitor Centre open?

    Yes. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm and on Saturdays and Bank Holidays between 9am to 2.30pm.

    You can contact our team by email info@southdowns.gov.uk or, alternatively, call 01730 814810 


"The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness."