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Parks in Islington

Find out:

  • What Islington parks offer and their health benefits

  • Where Islington parks are

  • The main parks in Islington and their features

  • Activities in parks, including ones that are approved for referrals by health professionals

  • Links to social prescribing in Islington and other information about Islington parks and green spaces

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Why visit an Islington park

What Islington parks offer
  • Free and open to everyone

  • Offer something to see and do, to be in nature in a city, and to meet other people

  • They offer a place to be outside - 29% of Islington households have no garden

  • Open long hours. All parks with gates open at 8am, usually close at sunset, and are open 365 days a year

  • There are over 100 parks in Islington, so there is a park near to everyone

Health benefits
  • Two hours a week spent in a park, in one visit or more, reduces the risk of poor health by 45%

  • Visiting a park reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, and is good for your mental health and wellbeing

  • Parks are an excellent place to be active, which cuts the risk of dementia & Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, bowel, breast and womb cancer, type 2 diabetes and other health conditions

Islington's parks

Find parks in Islington:

The main parks in Islington: 

Barnard Park, near Caledonian Road, N1. Features include:

See below for activities in the park.

Barnsbury Wood, near Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station, N1, is London’s smallest local nature reserve. It is a delightful hidden woodland with a wildlife garden. Opening hours are restricted.

See below for activities in the park.

Caledonian Park, near Caledonian Road tube station, N7. Features include:

  • a clock tower with panoramic views across London

  • woodland, an orchard, meadows, and community gardens

  • a large grass open space suitable for ball games and other sports activities

  • a ball court with football goals and basketball hoops

  • a 600-metre running and walking route

  • an outdoor classroom

  • a play area

  • a café

  • toilets

See below for activities in the park. 

Elthorne ParkArchway, N19. Features include:

  • play areas with an accessible toilet

  • a walled peace garden

  • a conservation area with an avenue of silver birch trees

  • native hedgerow and a perennial meadow

  • seven-a-side or two smaller floodlit astroturf pitches with football goals (no booking required)

  • a floodlit basketball court with a set of hoops (no booking required)

  • a floodlit outdoor gym

  • there is a park keeper.

See below for activities in the park.

Gillespie Park and Ecology Centre, Highbury, N5. Features include:

  • a 2.8 hectare nature reserve which is home to a wealth of wildlife, including 244 species of plants, 94 species of birds and 24 types of butterflies

  • ponds, woodland and meadow areas

  • the Ecology Centre, which gives advice on wildlife, gardening and sustainable living. It runs events and is available for hire for meetings and parties.

See below for activities in the park.

Highbury Fields, near to Highbury & Islington station, N5, has been designated a site of local importance to nature conservation. Features include:

See below for activities in the park.

King Square Gardens, near Goswell Road, EC1, has been designated a site of local importance to nature conservation. Features include:

  • a children’s play area including a large sand pit, interactive water play feature and accessible children's toilets

  • a bog garden

  • a 450-metre running and walking route

  • there is a park keeper.

See below for activities in the park.

Paradise Park, near Liverpool Road, N7. Features include:

See below for activities in the park.

Parkland Walk, N19, in Islington and Haringey is a 4.5-mile linear green walkway which follows the course of the railway that used to run between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. It's a great place to explore on foot or by bike and is a chance to enjoy a tranquil place in the heart of the city.

See below for activities in the park.

Rosemary Gardens, Southgate Road, N1Features include:

  • a children's playground with toddler sand pit, water play feature and accessible toilets

  • a grass meadow and mature, weeping ash trees

  • a seven-a-side floodlit astroturf football pitch and two tennis courts (booking is required for these sport facilities)

  • a 540-metre running and walking route

  • four table tennis tables

  • two sets of basketball hoops

  • an outdoor gym

  • a tennis wall

  • changing rooms.

See below for activities in the park.

Spa Fields, near Rosebery Avenue, EC1. Features include:

  • a children's playground

  • a lavender garden

  • a tarmac ball court with football goals

  • tennis nets

  • basketball hoops

  • an outdoor gym.

Tufnell Park Playing Fields, near Tufnell Park tube station, N7. Features include:

  • a children’s play area

  • a grass football pitch and tennis courts (booking is required)

  • a 475-metre walking and running route

  • an outdoor gym

  • a cricket net

  • a table tennis table.

Whittington Park, Holloway Road, N19, is named after Dick Whittington and his cat. It has been designated as a site of local importance to nature conservation. Features include:

  • a children's playground with sand pits, a water play feature and accessible toilets

  • a natural play area, a wildlife pond, and an ecology garden

  • woodland and a sparrow meadow

  • an 11-a-side astroturf football pitch with changing rooms (booking is required)

  • two table tennis tables

  • an outdoor gym

  • there is a park keeper

  • Whittington Park Community Centre is next to the park. 

See below for activities in the park.

Wray Crescent, near Hornsey Road, N4. Features include:

  • a children's playground with sand pits and accessible toilets

  • a grass meadow

  • a grass cricket pitch (booking is required)

  • a table tennis table

  • a tarmac ball court with football goals and basketball hoops

  • there is a park keeper.

See below for activities in the park.

Opening and closing time of parks

Activities in parks

39 parks offer opportunities to do sport including football, basketball and netball, outdoor gym, table-tennis, tennis, running and walking routes, cricket, and bowls.

Many parks have regular activities taking place. This includes Friends of Park groups, who are local residents that volunteer to help maintain a park and may do gardening and other activities. They are a great way to be involved with a park and meet other people. 

Highlighted are activities that have been approved by Age UK Islington to accept referrals by health professionals. [One activity is highlighted]

Barnard Park, near Caledonian Road, N1, has a Friends Group.

Barnsbury Wood, near Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station, N1, offers volunteering maintenance work, which is organised by Islington Council.

Caledonian Park, near Caledonian Road tube station, N7, offers:

  • a dementia-friendly walk. This activity has been approved to accept referrals by health professionals.

  • a gentle walk

  • a nature walk for young people

  • birdwatching

  • community gardening

  • an outdoor elders exercise programme.

  • the park has a Friends Group that offers gardening sessions open to everyone

  • volunteering sessions in the park, which is organised by Islington CouncilThis activity has been approved to accept referrals by health professionals.

Elthorne Park, Archway, N19, offers sport to young people with Access to Sport 

Foxham Gardens, Tufnell Park, N19Islington Council offers volunteering sessions in the park.

Gillespie Park and Ecology Centre, Highbury, N5, offers:

Highbury Fields, near to Highbury & Islington station, N5, offers:

King Square Gardens, near Goswell Road, EC1, offers:

New River Walk, near Essex Road, N1Islington Council offers volunteering sessions in the park.

Paradise Park, near Liverpool Road, N7, offers tag rugby.

Parkland Walk, N19, offers:

Penn Road Gardens, near Holloway Road, N7, has a Residents Association that offers gardening sessions to everyone.

Rosemary Gardens, Southgate Road, N1, has a Friends Group.

Thornhill Square Garden, near Caledonian Road, N1, has a Residents Association.

Whittington Park, Holloway Road, N19, offers:

  • nature-themed outdoor fun for families with children aged under 5, which is organised by The Garden Classroom

  • football for young children, boys, girls and women; contact Islington Football Development Partnership ifdp@gll.org

  • volunteering sessions in the park, which is organised by Islington Council 

Wray Crescent, near Hornsey Road, N4, offers:

Social prescribing in Islington

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Other information

Parks and open spaces has other information about parks: park improvement projects, setting up an event in a park, Islington in Bloom, love your park - get involved, managing parks and green spaces, and memorial benches in parks. 

Record updated: 26/10/2021