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In line with current advice from the government on Coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing, our cafés, toilets and playgrounds will be closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We also ask you to be considerate of each other, help reduce the spread of the virus and take pressure off the NHS by making sure you stay two meters from each other.

Highgate Wood opening times

Highgate Wood opens at 7.30am every day of the year.

It closes at sunset, and just before sunset at the height of summer. This can be as early as 4.30pm in winter and as late as 9.15pm in summer. The precise opening and closing times can be found on the signs at each entrance to the Wood.

The Wood will close at 7pm until further notice. This is to reduce stress on our staff during the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please help us by leaving promptly before this time.

The playground opens at 7.30am every day of the year, and closes 45 minutes before the whole wood closes. Closing times can be found on the gate to the playground, as you enter.

Contact us

Office telephone: 020 8444 6129

Keeper duty mobile: 07786 538932

Email: Highgate Wood

In an emergency, always call 999 first.

Things to do in Highgate Wood

Highgate Wood is a quiet haven for walkers and runners, as well as having facilities for cricket, football and other sports, and a children's playground. See our sports, events and activities page for more information.

We also run regular events throughout the year. For a list of events, see our events diary.

Getting to Highgate Wood

Find Highgate Wood on Google Maps

Plan your journey with the Transport for London journey planner

By bus

43, 134 and 263

By tube


By car

Street parking is available in side roads branching off of Muswell Hill Road. Two disabled bays are available in the park outside the Pavilion Café, with access from Muswell Hill Road.

Highgate Wood refreshments

The Highgate Wood café is situated in the centre of the Wood, on the edge of the Sports Ground. It is open from 9am every day (except Christmas Day). Call 020 8444 4777 for further details.

There is now a designated area in the café garden and veranda for visitors with dogs.

Dog walkers

  • please be considerate of all users of the Wood
  • keep your dog under effective control - that means in sight at all times and returning when called
  • carry a dog bag with you and take the waste home or put it in any of the special dog bins on site
  • make sure you have a lead with you at all times


Please note: Barbecues are not allowed in Highgate Wood. In addition to the obvious fire risk, barbecues cause the grass beneath them to die, making bare patches in the turf. These bare patches are unsightly and can become colonised by problematic species such as thistles.


If you notice any faults - such as a fire, damaged signs, fences or stiles, fly-tipping, excessive litter or obstructions on footpaths you can now report them and track process online.​​​​​​

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
07 April 2020