Parks update - COVID-19

Our parks are all open as usual, but the following park facilities are re-opening in line with government guidance from 29 March 2021 - all outdoor sports venues, including football, tennis and basketball courts, grass and astro-turf pitches, outdoor gyms, cricket nets and skate parks.

Biodiversity agenda

As part of our commitment to encourage even greater biodiversity and address the Climate Emergency, we are reviewing the way we maintain grassed areas.

Park users will notice that we have relaxed grass mowing in some areas of our parks. For example, around the edges of our parks, under trees and perhaps in existing conservation areas as well. If you look closely you will see greater diversity in wildflowers already. But, over time, and with a little careful management, we hope to see even more wildflowers blooming in these spaces. These will encourage more bees, butterflies and other local wildlife as well.

However, we understand that our parks play many roles for many people, and we have been careful to balance these new changes and ensure that there is still plenty of space for people to relax, have picnics, play sports and enjoy the outdoors. We can reassure you that we will continue to maintain plenty of grassed areas for this to continue as well.

Dulwich Park

You can find out about Dulwich Park activities (pdf, 958kb) here.

BBQs are not permitted at Dulwich Park
Dulwich Park

Opening times

Dulwich Park's gates open daily at 7.30am. Closing times vary throughout the year, so please see our opening times page for more information.


College Road, SE21
Entrances - College Gate, College Road, Queen Mary’s Gate & Rosebery Gate.  Dulwich Common, Court Lane Gate, Court Lane and Fireman’s Alley via Lordship Lane

How to get there

Rail - West Dulwich or North Dulwich
Bus - College Road P4 or Dulwich Common P13
Parking - car / bike parking areas can be found at the College Road entrance and in the car park

Facilities and features

  • toilets - located by the main car park and in the Francis Peek building and the middle of the park behind the café
  • boating lake - offering children and family sized pedalos and traditional rowing boats. Open weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, 10am to 5pm (weather permitting) April to October. Children are £3 each, adults are £4 each, for a duration of 30 minutes, family ticket is £12. No bookings required. Boating inquiries only 07902 258 301
  • café - open daily, from 8.30am to 4.30pm and operated by Collicis
  • large children's playground with a selection of play equipment suitable for different age groups
  • Dulwich Park trail map (pdf, 784kb)
  • dog walking area - dogs may be walked off the lead on the perimeter path around the park
  • Francis Peek Centre - the centre is available for hire and is ideal for parties and other events. With panoramic views across the park and plenty of space. Contact Quadron Services Ltd on 0207 708 2806
  • cycle hire - available every day including bank holidays from 10am to 5pm or dusk if earlier, contact London Recumbent Cycle Hire on 020 8299 6636
  • dry garden - the garden aims to demonstrate the wide range of plants that can be successfully grown with little water
  • winter garden - this garden has been specially planted for winter colour
  • Dulwich Vegetable Garden - the garden is found at the back of Rosebery Lodge near Rosebery Gate. Open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. For more details email
  • Whippersnappers at College Lodge is open for classes, workshops and parties

Sports facilities

  • football pitch - booking required (fees and charges apply)
  • bowling green - run by the bowls club - email Terry Bonnett for membership enquiries or Clifford Bell for fixtures
  • tennis courts - free booking
  • outdoor gym - free for the public to use
  • outdoor table tennis - 4 tables available in the play area (there are limited bats and balls available in the café, and you are free to bring your own)
  • cricket nets - free availability for use on a first come first served basis beside the sports fields


  • Dulwich Park Friends - Dig the park is a volunteer programme which runs on the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm. The activity varies with tools and refreshments provided
  • organised walks - every Wednesday morning at 10am, meet inside the college gate entrance

About the park

Dulwich Park covers 29 hectares and is packed with historic features, exciting facilities and perfect picnic spots.

Refurbished in 2006, the Green Flag awards winning park offers a large children's playground, an excellent cafe and a popular cycle hire outlet. The Francis Peek centre has a varied programme of activities to suit everyone.

History of the park

Created in 1890, Dulwich Parkstarted it's life as farmland and a group of meadows known as "five fields" and many of the ancient boundary oaks survive today.

Queen Mary was a regular visitor to the park. She loved to view the American Garden, famous for its rhododendrons which are spectacular when they're in bloom in May. One of the park gates is named after her.

Friends of Dulwich Park

Get involved and join Dulwich Park Friends.

Page last updated: 15 July 2021

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