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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.


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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.

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.

Skate park vandalism on 23 May 2014

The skate park is available to use. It will reopen fully after repairs.


  • 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


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.

The butterfly dome is open May-September. Please arrive promptly for the tours at the following times:

  • Mondays - 1pm and 5pm
  • Tuesdays - 5pm
  • Fridays - 4pm
  • Saturdays - 1pm

Tours are conducted in small groups on a first come first served basis. The dome is usually open for half an hour but will close once all those waiting have visited the dome.

No booking required. Community groups can book in advance by emailing 

Park improvements

Work is underway on buildings a new tennis clubhouse and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.  The clubhouse will provide office space, meeting rooms, a small tennis shop, kitchen, changing facilities and more. For more information contact Mick Beanse at or on 020 8356 3477.

The park's drinking fountain is being restored in partnership with the park user group to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the park. The fountain will be out of action during May whilst the work is carried out. For more information contact


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.  

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. 

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

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


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Page updated: 18 Jul 2014 

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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 (PDF)
Rangers work Mon to Sun, 9am - dusk.
Paddllng pool: May to September - Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun and bank hols 11am - 7pm.
Tel:020 8356 3000