Norwood Park

Trees and grass areas in Norwood Park

Welcome to Norwood Park

Norwood Park is situated on one of the highest points in Lambeth and offers some amazing views across South London.

Norwood Park was originally part of a larger area of open land called ‘Norwood Common’, which itself belonged to a network of heavily wooded areas of land known as the ‘Great North Wood’. In the 19th century Norwood Common was gradually enclosed and sold off for development, but part of it was saved and it was converted into and opened as a public park.

Norwood Park contains a children’s playground, outdoor gym, multi-use games area, skateboard park, toilets, along with a community garden and café. The park is particularly important for wildlife and people’s access to nature, and includes a tree-lined ‘Country Walk’, a fenced wildlife pond and extensive native hedges.

Norwood Park is also a key site within London Wildlife Trust’s 'Great North Wood' project. This project was designed to increase awareness of the original Great North Wood, and to improve public access to and involvement in their local open spaces through improved signage, increased volunteering and various guided walks or talks.

Norwood Park is also a Borough "Site of Importance for Nature Conservation" (or SINC) for the London Borough of Lambeth, in recognition of its importance not just for wildlife, but also for people living in both Lambeth and London to enjoy access to nature.

Declaration as a Local Nature Reserve

The London Borough of Lambeth has designated Norwood Park  as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) under powers vested in it through Sections 19 and 21 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. It was formally declared on 3rd  March 2023, and is now one of five LNRs found in Lambeth.

Other useful information

Please note that there Norwood Park does not contain any public car parks, and there are no parking facilities on site. There is free parking on surrounding roads, although spaces may be limited at certain times.

The park is however well served by public transport, with frequent buses from Brixton, Clapham, Crystal Palace, Streatham and West Norwood stopping on Elder Road, Gipsy Road and Salters Hill. The nearest train station is Gipsy Hill (Southern Trains), which is approximately 15 minutes' walk away.  



Salters Hill
West Norwood
London SE19 1DZ
United Kingdom


Opening times

Venue opening times

Norwood Park is open 24 hours a day.