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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.

Love Clissold? Vote Clissold

Clissold Park needs your help. The park has been nominated for a Green Flag People's Choice Award and needs your vote to be declared the UK's favourite park. There is no need to register, all it takes is two clicks to show your support for the park. Last year the park came sixth. This year we would like to be number one. So if you love Clissold, vote Clissold.

FireworksFireworks display 8 November

Residents are set to have a blast as the Council prepares to host the first public fireworks display in the borough in more than 10 years.

The spectacular bonfire night celebration in Clissold Park will be held on 8 November and will be synchronised to music. 

Illuminated stilt-walkers, an aerialist performing in an 11m-high installation, fire-walkers, plus food and drink stalls are just some of the entertainment set to accompany the pyromusical on the family-friendly bill. Find out more about the display

Park survey

We want to find out what you think about Clissold Park and how often you use it. We're conducting a short survey until the end of September which gives you the opportunity to tell us what you think about the park and its facilities. 

This will help us to identify what we are doing well and where we need to try harder. The survey will only take a couple of minutes to complete. You can also pick up a hard copy from Clissold House. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help make Clissold Park better.


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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.   

Terrapin re-homing

The Environment Agency is working in partnership with the Council to remove terrapins from the park's ponds.   

Throughout August 2014, Environment Agency Officers will use humane floating traps to remove the terrapins safely, alive and unharmed from the ponds.

The terrapins will then be cared for at a terrapin rescue centre until they are adopted and a loving new home found for each of them. 

See removal of terrapins from Clissold Park ponds (PDF, 112KB) for more information.


  • 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 

Free group exercise classes

Our Parks is a brand new initiative bringing free group exercise classes, led by experienced, fully qualified and insured instructors, to Hackney parks.

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.


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: 24 Sep 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.
Paddling pool: May to September - Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun and bank hols 11am - 7pm.
Tel:020 8356 3000