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Finsbury Circus Gardens

​Finsbury Circus Gardens, Finsbury Circus, London EC2M 7DT

Please note a large part of Finsbury Circus Gardens is currently occupied by a Crossrail worksite. Find out more about the current works.

Opening hours

Open all year round from 8am to 7pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

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About this garden

​Finsbury Circus Garden dates back to 1606 and is the oldest public park in London.

Finsbury Circus was originally a fen on a moor known as Fensbury. This had been formed by the blocking of culverts cut into the city wall for the Wallbrook after the Romans had departed. In the early 15th Century the city wall was breached at this point and Moorgate was completed. By 1606 the level of the moor had been raised and laid out with walks, elm trees, and benches. The area then became London's first public park.

This Grade II Listed garden is what remains of Moor Fields, London's first public park, dating from 1607. The present garden was originally laid out in 1815 to a design by Charles Dance the Younger. The garden is surrounded by elegant curved terraces containing other listed buildings. It's well known for its mature London plane trees, bedding and fine Japanese Pagoda tree - the only one in the City. The Corporation of London acquired this open space by an act of Parliament in 1900.

Finsbury Circus Garden should not be confused with Finsbury Square Gardens with is located in the London Borough of Islington a 10 minute walk to the north.

10 May 2012
Last Modified:
27 August 2019