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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. To celebrate its 125th Anniversary this year, the Council has worked with the Clissold Park User Group to restore the park's drinking fountain.  

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.

Removal of top mouth gudgeon 

In February the Environment Agency will be undertaking an operation to eradicate 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.

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
  • 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. 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 


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

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Page updated: 13 Jan 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