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Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

Government Guidelines
  • Finsbury Park is one of London’s great parks, designed and laid out by Alexander McKenzie, opening in 1869.
  • Make use of its many facilities; from a baseball field, to skating and more, there’s something for thrill-seekers and newbies alike to enjoy.
  • Check out the amazing play areas, for both younger kids and bigger kids alike. 
  • Don’t miss out on the array of cultural events held in and around at Finsbury Park, like music festivals and the nearby Park Theatre.

Finsbury Park is a colourful and diverse area, rich in multicultural splendour in North London and bursting with life, just a short way from central London in Zone 2. This unique area is centred around the railway interchange that links the boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Haringey, and is home to one of the great London parks, which was laid out in the Victorian era. Finsbury Park is a relaxing retreat away from bustling urban life and is great for families looking to to spend a day in the open air.

Finsbury Park underwent major renovations and improvements worth £5 million in 2007. It has since been awarded Green Flag status every year, which is given to parks and open spaces in the UK to promote high standards, meaning the park is well-kept and updated often. Finsbury Park is home to a rich diversity of landscapes and it has many facilities, all making for a fun day out for both adults and kids alike. Included in the new facilities is an enclosed, dog-free play area for kids, which even has an exciting new water feature. What’s special about this is that it was actually designed by children, and so is perfectly fit for their wants and needs. The paddling pool and splash play facilities are a great spot to cool off on hotter days.

Check out the new cafe building, which is also where the public loos are - and they’re open all year round. There was also the construction of two Victorian styled seating shelters; perfect if you need a little break from walking, playing and resting. If you want to make friends with the wildlife in the park, there is the opportunity to buy some bird seed, which you can then use to feed the ducks on the lake.

There’s a really fun skate park too, which is suitable for beginner and intermediate use. It's in the traditional concrete style, with loads of ramps, grinds and bumps to entertain your future Tony Hawks for hours. Plus there are more features to discover, so be sure to get those knee pads on and fire up your wheels.

There are lots of different gardens at Finsbury Park, perfect for any budding horticulturalists. From the Mackenzie Flower Garden, the American Gardens, the Thames Reservoir and a Boating Lake, reconnecting with nature is easy and wonderful to get the little ones involved. 

Be sure to check out all the sport facilities you can avail of, including bowling, bike and skate park, athletics tracks, bowling, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. The grown-ups and kids will be able to let off some steam, get their steps in and enjoy all the facilities the park has to offer.

If you want to stay in the park to eat, there’s a cafe on site and picnics are allowed; just make sure you clear up after yourselves. If the food at Finsbury Park Cafe isn't quite what you're looking for, there are tons of food options close by. Walk down Blackstock Road and you'll be mesmerised by the scents of freshly-made Turkish bread and enticing Ethiopian gastronomy, along with so many more intriguing meals and cuisines.

After a day at the park, why not head to the nearby Finsbury Park Theatre situated just north of the station on Clifton Terrace, which opened in 2013.  It was actually constructed on the site of an unused office block! The venue incorporates a 200-seat theatre and a flexible 90-seat space. Featuring actors such as Gillian Anderson and James Cordon, you won’t want to miss out.

Don’t miss out on the festivals and events that Finsbury Park hosts annually, from Wireless Festival and Community Festival, to its very own Finsbury Park Festival and more. This North London park is perfect for a family day out, but if you're on the hunt for more green spaces in the area, why not head to hidden gem Waterlow Park or go slightly further afield with Golders Hill Park.

What to know before you go

  • Finsbury Park's opening times vary, but it typically closes around dusk.
  • Bring swimwear and a change of close if you're visiting in the summer as there's a splash play area for kids.
  • There are public toilets on site located near the cafe, plus toilets in local cafes and restaurants.
  • The Cafe at Finsbury Park offers high chairs and is baby friendly.
  • Accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities can be found on site, located within the main toilet facilities.
  • The park has paths, making navigation for wheelchair and buggy users easy, though of course any grass is subject to getting muddy after rain.
  • La Porchetta and Pizza Pappagone, and Patek are great kid and baby-friendly restaurants nearby. 
  • We recommend finding the bridge near the basketball courts; from here this will lead on to a pleasant walk to picturesque Highgate.

Getting there 

  • Finsbury Park is located in Haringey.
  • There are entrances on Endymion Road, Seven Sisters Road and Green Lanes.
  • The closest station is Finsbury Park, just a few minutes' walk away. Finsbury Park is on the Piccadilly and Victoria lines of the London Underground and also offers National Rail services.
  • The area is well-served by buses too. Routes 29, 141, 210, 253, 254, 259, 279, 341, W3, W5, W7 all stop at or near Finsbury Park.
  • If driving, there is lots of parking on the roads situated just inside the gates of the park. These are available via pay meters.
  • The standard marked parking bays are situated on the road into the park by the cafe and ball courts. 
  • On-street Blue Badge bays are not available on these streets, however.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines

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