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Clissold Park and Clissold House

Clissold Park is one of Hackney's best loved traditional parks. The park has a rich history and was opened in 1889. The park has held a Green Flag award since 2006. Green Flags are awarded annually to the best green spaces in the country.

Do you run in Clissold Park? Have your say

We are asking for your views on running in Clissold Park so that we can improve park users' experience. Please take a few minutes to complete our short running survey.

Removal of top mouth gudgeon

In February 2015 the Environment Agency removed the top mouth gudgeon from the ponds and the moat.

Top mouth gudgeon are one of the most threatening non-native invasive fish in Europe. Originally imported into the UK as an ornamental species, they eat the eggs of other fish, breed rapidly and out-compete our native fish for food and habitat. The work will have a minimal impact on the use of the park.

If you have any questions not answered in the documents above, please email


Find events in Clissold Park and House

Clissold House

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. It was removed from English Heritage's at risk register, where it was listed since 1991, following extensive restoration in 2011 and 2012.

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
  • fountains
  • multi-use games area
  • organic food growing area
  • pond dipping platform
  • paddling pool
  • table tennis table
  • park office
  • refreshment kiosk
  • river
  • tennis courts (booking information)
  • toilets
  • wheels park

The paddling pool is open daily, 11am-7pm, excluding Mondays and Thursdays from May to September.


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. Animals in Clissold Park fact sheet (PDF, 40KB)

The butterfly dome is open 11 May-30 September 2015. Please arrive promptly. Tour times:

  • Mondays - 11am,
  • Tuesdays - 5pm,
  • Fridays - 4pm,
  • Saturdays - 1pm.

We conduct tours in small groups on a first come first served basis. We normally open the dome for half an hour but if there are lots of people waiting we will only close it once everyone's been inside. There's no need to book, although community groups should book in advance by emailing 


Dogs are not allowed in the play area or 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.  

Clissold Park User Group (CPUG)

The Clissold Park User Group work closely with us to discuss current issues, solve problems and work on joint projects. The group meets on average every two months. 

Booking events and activities

An area of Clissold Park (PDF, 270KB) is licensed for plays, showing films, live music, recorded music and dance performances. Find out about holding events in parks

Hackney parks newsletter

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Page updated: 15 May 2015 

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Contact details

Clissold Park
Clissold House
(off Church Street/ Green Lanes)
N16 9HJ
Opening Times
7.30am - dusk every day. See Detailed closing times
Rangers work Mon to Sun, 9am - dusk.
Paddling pool: May to September - Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun and bank hols 11am - 7pm.
Tel:020 8356 3000