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Read our tips on staying safe as you enjoy the South Downs National Park.

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?

    Yes, although the Government advises you should “minimise domestic travel where they can.”

    Even though many outdoor attractions can reopen, 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?

    Self-catering accommodation is allowed to operate.

  • 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 be closed at this time. Check the location of your visit before you leave home. Only park in designated parking spaces and not on grass verges.

    Please remember to exercise locally.

  • Is the South Downs Visitor Centre open?

    Yes, the South Downs Visitor Centre reopened to the public on Monday 12 April 2021. Hours will be Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm. We ask all visitors to wear a face mask and we will be limiting the number of people allowed into the centre at any one time.

    You can contact our team by email or, alternatively, call 01730 814810 


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