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Clissold Park: The Gem of North London Uniting Highbury & Stoke Newington

Water fountain in green, lush clissold park
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Clissold Park, a vibrant oasis nestled in Stoke Newington, North London, is a must-visit destination for locals and tourists alike. From its scenic surroundings to its rich history and multitude of amenities, this park offers a unique blend of nature, recreation, and urban life. This detailed guide will take you on a virtual tour of Clissold Park, introducing you to its charming features and offering insightful tips to maximize your visit.

Historical Background of Clissold Park

Clissold Park is steeped in history, with its story dating back to the Victorian era. Opened to the public in 1889, the park has since been a cherished sanctuary for North London residents. In 2011, an £8.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project breathed new life into the park and its Grade II* listed building, Clissold House. The park's consistent dedication to maintaining excellent green spaces has earned it a Green Flag award every year since 2006.

The Attractions of Clissold Park

Natural Beauty and Wildlife

One of the park's main attractions is its lush landscapes comprising four bodies of water and a variety of flora. The park is also home to an aviary and animal enclosures featuring fallow deer, goats, rabbits, and chickens. For an in-depth look at the park's fauna, refer to the animals in Clissold Park fact sheet (40kb).

Recreational Activities

Families playing in clissold park during a sunny day
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Clissold Park caters to a wide range of recreational interests, from sports to leisurely strolls. The park features a multi-use games area, tennis courts, and a newly opened wheels park. Fitness enthusiasts can make use of the bark-strewn athletics track that encircles the park, while families can enjoy the inclusive play area with a vast sandpit and a variety of climbing structures.

Clissold House

Clissold house in clissold park, north london
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At the heart of the park lies Clissold House, a magnificent Grade II* listed building. The house not only adds a touch of history and grandeur to the park but also serves as a functional space, hosting weddings, meetings, and parties.

Culinary Delights at Clissold Park

Park Life Cafe

Nestled within Clissold House, Park Life Cafe offers a wide range of food options, from freshly made 'to go' meals to hot dishes from the kitchen. The cafe also serves locally roasted barista crafted Coffee, cakes, and bakes made in Hackney, catering to a variety of tastes and dietary requirements. Check out their menu for more details.

Pump House Kiosk

The newly opened Pump House kiosk, run by Fink's, delivers top-notch coffee and high-quality seasonal ingredients from local producers, all tailored to the park setting. The kiosk is committed to sustainability, using carbon zero delivery and no single-use plastic. Stay updated with their latest offerings on instagram.

The Splash Pad

An exciting addition to the park is the splash pad, which opens in May every year. It's free to use every Saturday and Sunday until September. The splash pad offers a fun and refreshing way to cool off during the sunny days. For more information or to book a session, visit Better.

Events and Activities

Clissold Park is a lively hub for community events, from plays and films to live music and dance performances. You can check the Clissold Park licensed area map to see where these events take place. For more information about holding events in the park, visit park events.

Community Engagement

The Clissold Park User Group (CPUG) works closely with the park on joint projects and meets approximately every two months. This active communi

ty involvement contributes to the park’s vibrant atmosphere and sense of belonging.

Trees in autumn in clissold park, north London
Credits: Jaiswal Nishesh

Park Etiquette

While Clissold Park invites everyone to enjoy its amenities, it's important to respect the park's rules for everyone's comfort and safety. Barbecues and dogs are not allowed in certain areas, and dogs should be on a lead if they behave aggressively or cause damage. For more information, visit dogs in parks.


Clissold Park is a quintessential part of Stoke Newington, North London, offering a retreat from urban life without leaving the city. It's a testament to the community's commitment to maintaining a space where nature, recreation, and history intersect. Whether you're a resident of North London, a visitor from Highbury, or a tourist exploring the city, Clissold Park is an experience worth having.

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