Clissold Park and Clissold House
Clissold Park is one of Hackney's best loved traditional parks. With a rich history, this former country estate was first opened to the public in 1889.
The park has held a Green Flag award since 2006. These are given to the best green spaces in the country and are awarded each year to make sure the quality of the green space remains high.
Clissold House is a stunning Grade II* listed building in the middle of Clissold Park. Its beautiful architecture and excellent facilities make it a perfect venue for weddings, meetings and parties.
Following extensive restoration in 2011 and 2012, Clissold House was removed from English Heritage's heritage at risk register, where it was listed since 1991.
Clissold House café is open to the public seven days a week.
- aviary and animal enclosures
- children's play area
- Clissold House (café and function rooms)
- dog free areas
- multi-use games area
- organic food growing area
- pond dipping platform
- paddling pool
- table tennis table
- park office
- refreshment kiosk
- tennis courts (booking information)
- wheels park
Animals have been kept in Clissold Park for over 100 years. We now have a small collection of exotic birds, chickens, goats and deer in enclosures. Read our animals in Clissold Park fact sheet (PDF, 40KB) for information about the animals in the park.
New tennis clubhouse
Hackney Council will be starting works on the Clissold Park tennis clubhouse in January. The clubhouse will have office space, meeting rooms, a small tennis shop, kitchen, changing facilities and more.
Work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.
If you would like any further information please contact the Council's Project Manager, Mick Beanse at email@example.com or on 020 8356 3477.
Visit our collection of tropical and domestic butterflies from 1 May to September at these times:
- Mondays 1pm
- Tuesdays 5pm
- Wednesdays 4pm
- Second Saturday of every month 1pm
Community and school groups can book visits by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact email@example.com or call 020 8356 4600 for more information about our volunteering programme.
Practical volunteering at Clissold Park
We are working with the London Wildlife Trust so that local residents and corporate groups can get involved with the maintenance and enhancement of Clissold Park. This project focuses on enhancing Clissold Park's biodiversity by delivering targets identified in our biodiversity action plan.
Community work days are held once a month on Sundays. Recent activities include creating floating islands to improve habitats for wildlife and water quality in the park's lakes. In the next few months we hope to plant wildflower meadows for next spring and summer and complete lots of other activities.
To get involved, contact Francisco do Carmo on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07834867419.
Learning and engagement volunteers
Apply now to volunteer to support the delivery and development of our new learning and engagement project for local people:
We are developing hands on, practical volunteering programme so that local residents can get involved with the maintenance and development of their park. Contact us if you are interested in getting involved.
Clissold Park User Group (CPUG)
The Clissold Park User Group work closely with parks staff to discuss current issues, solve problems and work on joint projects. The group meets on average every two months.
Our new schools programme offers an exciting new range of curriculum-linked, interactive and engaging workshops for primary schools and nurseries in Clissold Park.
One o' Clock Club - walks and activities for 2 ½ to 5 year olds
Explore Clissold Park and learn about its features and wildlife at our new Park Explorers sessions. Activities include wildlife spotting, arts and crafts, stories, adventure walks and games.
9.45-11am, One-O-Clock-Club, Clissold Park.
- 28 November 2013 - Seeds and Bulbs
- 19 December 2013 - Festive Fun
- 30th January 2014 - Billy Goats Gruff
- 27th February 2014 - Winter Winds
- 27th March 2014 - Nesting Season
- 24th April 2014 - Eggciting Eggs
Free: no booking required; places are limited.
For more information email: Lucy.Gijsen@hackney.gov.uk
Restoration of Clissold Park
In 2011-12 Clissold Park and Clissold House were extensively refurbished with funding from Hackney Council, the Heritage and Big Lottery Funds. This ambitious project will ensure that residents and visitors can continue to enjoy the park and house for years to come.
Alongside the refurbishment of Clissold House, the restoration project introduced:
- a large new play area with features to appeal to children of all ages
- a new wheels park with facilities for skaters and BMXers of all levels and abilities
- a new multi-use games area for five-a-side football and basketball
- new and renovated animal enclosures and a butterfly dome
- a newly refurbished education centre and outdoor classroom
- improved lake and river landscapes following extensive planting and de-silting
- two new ornamental bridges
- enhanced tree and shrub planting.
Dogs are excluded from the play area and sports facilities. Council Officers have the power to request that dogs are put on leads if they are behaving aggressively, causing damage, or if their owner does not have appropriate control over them. More information on dogs in parks.
Hackney parks newsletter
If you are interested in being kept up to date with what's happening in Hackney's parks, sign up to our monthly newsletter by emailing email@example.com
Page updated: 24 Dec 2013