Clissold Park and Clissold House
Clissold Park is one of Hackney's best loved traditional parks. It was opened in 1889 and has a rich history. The park has held a Green Flag award since 2006. Green Flags are awarded annually to the best green spaces in the country.
Sunday 20 September, 11am-4pm
Explore Clissold House and learn all about its history and architecture. Featuring tours, information, Clissold House Bingo activity and a chance to meet Eliza Crawshay, a resident of the house from the 1850s. Free, drop-in, no booking needed.
- 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
The paddling pool opens on the late May bank holiday weekend and is open until September. It's open, weather permitting, every day from 11am-7pm except Mondays and Thursdays when it's closed for cleaning.
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,
Sundays - 10.30am.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 8.30am and closing times vary seasonally. The café is operated by Caper Green.
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Do you run in Clissold Park? Have your say
We are asking for your views on running in Clissold Park so that we can make improvements. Please take a few minutes to complete our short running survey.
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.
- Questions and answers on top mouth gudgeon (PDF, 274KB)
- Invasive non-native species framework strategy for Great Britain (548KB)
If you have any questions not answered in the documents above, please email HNLenquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk.
The Clissold Park User Group work closely with us to discuss current issues, solve problems and work on joint projects. The group meets approximately every two months.
Dogs are not allowed in the play area or sports facilities. Council officers have the power to request that you put your dog on a lead if it's behaving aggressively, causing damage, or if you don't have appropriate control over it. More information on dogs in parks.
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Page updated: 20 Aug 2015