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Parks update - COVID-19

Our parks are all open as usual, but the following facilities are closed from 5 January, in line with the government’s new COVID-19 restrictions: all outdoor sports venues, including football, tennis and basketball courts; grass and astro-turf pitches, outdoor gyms and cricket nets.

Newington Gardens

You can find out about Newington Gardens activities (pdf, 620kb) here.

Opening times

Newington Gardens

Newington Gardens is open at all times.


Harper Road, SE1

How to get there

  • London Underground - Elephant and Castle, Borough
  • bus - 343

Facilities and features

  • 2 large MUGA courts
  • 2 children play areas
  • table tennis tables

About the park

Newington Gardens is a small quiet garden behind the Crown Court on Newington Causeway, created on the site where Horsemonger Lane Gaol once stood. For a long time it was known as Gaol Park, the memory of the former building kept alive by the high external wall and large gatehouse long retained after the prison was demolished in 1880.  

Today the park is situated behind the Inner London Sessions House which was rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century; but due to delays caused by the First World War, it didn't open until 1917.


Page last updated: 16 August 2019

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