So grateful for living just near this park. It's size is reasonable, there is plenty of room for huge groups of picnickers on warm days but it's nice in the winter time too with kiddies running around playing footie in the mud and the bravest tennis players practicing in the courts. There are always people running in Clissold Park and it's very encouraging, there are quite a few different ponds and patches to jog around too.
The cafe is a nice stop too, I like to pop open a lemonade and sit on the grass in front of it in Sprint and Summer. Like a lot of other places in Stokey though - I wish they had wifi ! (Freelancer problems).
By far this is one of the most beautiful parts of London and actually it's also one of the reasons I stay living here. This is the best communal outdoor space in the city in my opinion, with a large area dedicated to doggies, public toilets, a cute cafe serving tasty cake and real live terrapins in the pond. If you're lucky you may even see the goats, bunnies and pretty coloured birdies.
Most years the have Stoke Newington Festival here, with a selection of local music, food and arty craft stalls, they also have steam fairs and other events held here, all throughout the summer.
There are a couple of good napping spots in the park, none close to the pond as it does get a little wiffy in summer but under the big trees and in the rose garden a nice shady spot can be a perfect cure for the meanest hangover.
Clissold Park is amazing for the following reasons;
1. they have deer
2. they have goats
3. they have rabbits
4. there is a turtle that sits on the same bit of log in the lake each time I go
5. they have an aviary
It is such a beautiful and relaxing space. I was completely shocked when I stumbled on it for the first time, and it was one of the main reasons we decided to move to Stoke Newington. The gardens are beautifully kept, there is a wonderful running track that goes around the park and there are two lakes.
Lovely park. There's a little bit of something for everyone's needs and plenty of room for the picnics we all try and take on those raaaaarrreeee warm weekends.
Little zoo-ish area, theres a butterfly dome that does tours on...certain days, look it up.
Ponds wif ducks n turtles n fishies!
Areas that don't allow dogs (so the babehs can crawl around in a poop free zone)
Trees for shade if needed....ha
HIghly recommended if you're in the area and in need of some greenery but don't want to go to Abney park cemetery.
I am lucky enough to live on the border between Islington and Hackney, a location which allows me to take advantage of both areas. One of the things I love about London is that it's full of green space and this part of town is no exception. Clissold Park is my local park and I take full advantage of its location. The park is great for running, bike riding and walking. It has ponds with various types of birds, for the bird watching set and a cafe for the watch the world go by set.
The large green spaces are ideal for a picnics or letting your dog run around and chase things. FYI, because dogs are allowed in the park and not everyone cleans up after their pets make sure you look where you are stepping. In addition to the open green spaces the park is an excellent outing for kids. There are animals in an enclosed area and a play area filled with swings, slides and a juggle-gym.
One of the best things about Clissold Park is that it's never so crowded that I cannot enjoy it. In the morning if I'm running in the park, there are other runners but not so many that I have to worry about running over someone or being run over in return. In the summer the park hosts a Circus and various community events. The warm weather brings out picnickers and families, the environment is warm and friendly and you don't have to worry about finding a place to sit or competing with groups wanting to play a game of rugby or football.
Clissold is an excellent community park. It has all the amenities a park should offer, including a football pitch and tennis courts. I use the park when it's warm and when it's cold and I'm not alone in that regard.
Again, a great park in Hackney. Stoke Newington, to be precise, but it falls into Hackney council's jurisdiction, so there. And this is one of the best parks in the whole of London, too. It is great for families (goats, deer, etc) and great for young people (pretty, great cafe). In fact, it's great for everybody.
Walking around it, you come across all kinds of time-wasting activities and pretty things to look at. Like the huge walking logs so loved by kids. And the easy-on-the-eye pond area.
The cafe, in a large mansion, is one of the best you'll ever visit.
I love this park even more when I compare it to nearby finsbury park. It never feels overcrowded or littered with trash. There are animals! Ponds! An epic playground! A pool! Greeeeeeen! And it butts up against an amazing old cemetery.
There are also a lot of events that take place in this park. Love it.
Clissold Park is a much-loved local space in Stoke Newington and is well used by the local community.
It's relatively small compared to some of the other London Parks but packs a fair amount in to the area a big house with a cafe, a couple of lakes with wildfowl, a play area for children, tennis courts, football pitches, a wildlife enclosure with deer, goats and rabbits, and even an aviary!
If you fancy a long walk though, you'll end up going in circles, so better head to Hampstead Heath if you really want to stretch your legs for over an hour.
The main pen is used for deer, and very nice one it is. The side open to the public is relatively small, with the pen bounded by the New River, so the deer have a fair level of privacy. They have a small group of fallow deer, including, as I write, a buck with an impressive set of antlers.
Alongside they also have pens with chickens and pigmy goats. All the animals look happy, and not bothered by people going past.
Praise be to Clissold Park and the magical powers it exudes to dissipate the most vile mood I can manage to work myself into.
Angry? Run through the woods at the top along the uneven trail as fast as you can, snapping twigs and jumping gaps.
Morose? Watch the goats jumping about then go and look at the roses.
Hot? Pretend to be a parent, roll up your jeans and sneak into the paddling pool.
Stressed? Join in with the woman that does the yoga and stretching at 10am on the grass beside the cafe.
Tired? Sit on the fallen tree and watch the dogs play then wander aimlessly about til you get home.
Bored? Try to see whether you can get yourself and a larger than fair sized dog into one of the toilet cubicles (qype.co.uk/review/578488) .
I love Clissold park. It is a perfect sized small park with ponds, deer-enclosure, rose garden, tennis courts, cafe and lots of friendly people. The park is very popular with everyone from the sports interested to dog-walkers and picnickers. There are many events held here throughout the year with Stoke-fest being the most popular. I love going there with my dog and always meet lots of nice people and dogs. Dogs are allowed off-lead in most of the park, but some areas have been fenced off so people can picnic in peace and leave their toddlers to run around without getting lost or knocked over by playing dogs.
If you forget or run out of poo-bags they have free ones at the rangers office so there is no excuse for not picking it up.
Loads of different play areas for the kids, paddling pool, some parks and also the wildlife bit, with many different animals, a lovley outdoor space, perfect for any family day out.
I regualarly visit there
The nicest small-medium park in the east by far, although one of the best things about it is that no-one outside the area seems to realise what they're missing so I think all us locals should stop reviewing it.
Still a mass of building work but the changes they are making are all extremely positive so I still give 5 stars.
Best park in the east! Clissold is such a lovely relief to the dingy dirty pitbull filled parks that seem to populate this area of east london.
It's huge for a start, and has a plethora of things to do if you come bearing children. There's a big adventure play area, lido, lake with ducks you can feed..all things kids (and most adults) love! I also love the no dogs area, the kid equivalent of a dogs only enclosure..great idea as this park is heaven for pups and dogs, of which there are plenty.
Our pup loves Clissold and so far, every dog/dog owner we've met has been lovely. There's plenty of room for dogs to roam about, and it's clean! Take it for granted at your peril, a lot of the other parks round here are not. So thanks to those who keep it one of the nicest parks to come to.
Nice in the summer crap in the winter (I like the Deer though so 4 instead of 3)
I'm not expert on park cafes but I can say that Clissold Park cafe is one of the best in London. I'm not talking about the food it's the standard coffee, tea, pastries, sandwiches etc. The location is great, set in an manor house in the middle of the park, you feel like you are in heaven. I absolutely love it.
Thick muck covered slime pit infested with deadly terrapins. Not sure why it hasn't been filled in, like the rest of the stretch of the new river that used to run the length of Clissold Park down Church Street. Not very nice to look at unless the bilious effects of inner city eutrophication have been heroically dealt with.
Where is a bad park? I mean sure, some parks ARE better than others on many measurable scales. They can be bigger - have more trees - a nice cafe - great facilities. But if you live in a big city instead of somewhere out in the bush, anywhere set aside for green land has got to get five stars, I reckon.
Clissold park though is not just any old park.
This really is a park amongst parks. An example of how a green space can be very well developed for the whole community.
Ravers, dope heads, Carribean food connoisseurs and half naked tatooed people had a great time at the recent Stoke Fest.
Fitness freaks have the running track, the football pitch and the tennis courts. People scared of dogs and their excrement have their own area. There is a cafe, a little zoo, a wading pool and a little water way. There is boundless space with grass, lakes and chairs. There are ducks and other animals.
It's truely a top spot.
My favourite part of it is that if you are walking towards Manor House tube from church st - then the shortest way is through the park. On top everything else, it gives us a short cut as well.
My local park and its a gem. Split into several sections including a closed off area free of dog walkers. Theres a small zoo, newly refurbished play area, tennis courts, cafe, jogging track and paddling pool. Did I mention its great for lazy days? Something for everyone.
A beautiful park, nice and large with loads of room for everybody. Lovely soft green grass to lie on and enjoy the sun. (Be quick because you likely to only see 6 sunny days a year in England) Loads of room for ball games and a play area for the kids. If you're feeling hungry check out the cafe with a lot of yummy things to choose from. I'm looking forward to another 5 sunny days in this park this year. Lol.
My favorite park in north-east London. Love all the animals in the enclosures. I will sometimes come here just to see the animals. I am temporarily giving this park 4 stars instead of 5 because of all the refurbishment works that have blocked off many paths and the animal enclosures. The construction is due to finish sometime in the fall; which unfortunately makes it difficult to fully enjoy the park through the rest of the summer.
Nevertheless, a walk through the park and an amble up and down Stoke Newington Church Street is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Clissold Park Is One Of The Relaxing Place's To Go, It Has A Large Football Pitch And Tennis Court's, Also Has A Playground And A Fashionable Cafe And Large Grass Areas..I Go There Alot And Is One Of My Favourite Parks. It Also Has Animals You Can Feed. Also Has A Special Path For Running And Cycling.
Located close to Stoke Newington, Clissold Park encapsulates the cultural essence of the area. It is a great location for a day out in London. It caters for both adults and children alike, with an adventurous play area and a lido, butterfly garden and small lake. Although the actual size of the park itself is not enormous it is quaint and ideal for familieswith young children, as there is little chance of anybody getting lost. Clissold Park is full of unusual sculptures, including a wicker shaped ball in a tree. A brilliant day out for everyone.
I love the peacefulness of Clissold Park, a small escape from the surrounding metropolis!
When people imagine London, they imagine busy streets, over population and smog. The fact is, London has so many beautiful parks and sprawling green blankets that it's difficult to choose your favourite. Clissold Park is definitely mine. It is so well preserved, the flower beds are lovingly tended to by the park keeper and the displays magnificent. Rows of beautiful roses will put a smile on your face. There are specific 'no dog' areas so children can play without the threat of dog poo and it's absolutely HUGE! Also, they have an amazing lake with informative boards telling of local wildlife, if you are a complete geek like me then that makes this park going experience even more enjoyable. I love nothing better than to pick up a coffee and take my book here. Come summer they have outdoor pools for kiddies to dip their toes and paddle in, a real family place where you can always find a quiet corner. bring back the summer!
This is more a dedication of thanks rather than a review tho' I guess a recommendation will come out of it at the end. I can sometimes be so badly organised that I realise it may take me forever to get out of the door in the morning. Yesterday was one of those mornings. So exasperated and stressed I decided to drop everything and just head out, hoping and praying that I had everything I needed with me. I forgot to go to the loo post enormous cup of coffee and within moments I realised I was going to be in trouble. Here comes my Knight in Shining armour in the form of the public loos in Clissold Park. This is a far as I got (about a 4 minute walk from home). I admit to a moment of hesitation before heading in to 'use the facilities' and spend my penny (r.i.p Granny), dreading the cold seat on bare bottom but was pleased to gauge the indoor temperature to be rather mild. So thank you for your existence Clissold Loos and what's more, thank you Park Ranger for keeping them clean and of a moderate temperature.
i feel that is the place to relax and get a sun tan. so many bad things have been said about this park but there are more good things then bad things.
this park is great and the kids always have a blast,it has a lido and small lake and play area. U can sit abd relax on the grass or have a walk round with the dog which i do. It has a friendly atmosphere and is a good day out and fun for all ages.
Clissold Park is a local park serving the area of Stoke Newington in North London. Despite being a medium sized park, it offers a lot to its visitors. The grounds are well laid-out and lanscaped. At one end of the park there are two small ponds and the surrounding benches always seemed to be occupied by people enjoying their book or newspaper. There are tennis courts for those looking for sporting activities. The childrens playground is larg-ish and well equipped. Strolling through the park you'll discover a fenced area where animals such as deer, rabbits, goats and birds are kept. An old mansion in the park offers various toddler and baby playgroups during the week, as well as the caffe at the ground floor. The seating outside is always full at the weekend, with people enjoying their coffee and croissant in the fresh air.
This is very much a family park, with parents strolling around with their children at any time of the day.
The edge of the park is marked with a tiny old church whose grounds are dotted with old washed-out gravestones, giving it a very 'villagey' feel.
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