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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.


  • 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

Paddling pool

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)

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 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 8.30am and closing times vary seasonally. The café is operated by Caper Green.


Wonderful Winter

Monday 21 December, 10am-12pm.

Join us for a morning of festive activities. Make winter bird feeders, meet our resident deer, complete a star trail and create your own decorations to take home.

Free, places limited. Contact to book.

Holding your own 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

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.

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

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 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: 27 Nov 2015 

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Contact details

Clissold Park
Clissold House
(off Church Street/ Green Lanes)
N16 9HJ
Opening Times

Closing Times

30 Dec-18 Jan - 4.30pm
19 Jan-1 Feb - 5pm
2 Feb-15 Feb - 5.30pm
16 Feb-8 Mar - 6pm
9 Mar-28 Mar - 6.30pm
29 Mar-12 Apr - 8pm
13 Apr-26 Apr - 8.30pm
27 Apr-17 May - 9pm
18 May-2 Aug - 9.30pm
3 Aug-16 Aug - 9pm
17 Aug-30 Aug - 8.30pm
31 Aug-13 Sept - 8pm
14 Sept-27 Sept - 7.30pm
28 Sept-11 Oct - 7pm
12 Oct-24 Oct - 6.30pm
25 Oct-9 Nov - 5pm
10 Nov-29 Dec - 4.30pm
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