Ruskin Park

Bandstand in Ruskin Park

A large Edwardian-era park located between Camberwell, Brixton and Herne Hill, which still contains many of its original heritage features.

Ruskin Park has a children’s playground, sports pitches, seasonal paddling pool, refreshment kiosk, outdoor gym and toilets. It also has a charming wooden bandstand, a central ornamental pond, community garden, a wildlife area containing a pond and orchard, and a diversity of both young and mature trees.

Ruskin Park has a rich history dating back to 1907 when it first opened as a public park based on a design by J.J. Sexby, a famous landscape architect. It was named after the Victorian writer and naturalist John Ruskin, who grew up locally and often wrote about its wild beauty.

The oldest part of the park is on the site of a series of grand houses and gardens, which lay along the western side of Denmark Hill. Many of these were absorbed into the park, as seen in the ornamental pond, terraced gardens, a curious Portico Shelter and the Coach House. An additional section was added to the park in 1910 on its western side, which provided playing fields and additional fencing.

Ruskin Park is adjacent to two of London’s main teaching hospitals, King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital, and plays a crucial role in providing hospital staff, patients and visitors  with a safe and welcoming space to exercise and relax.

Ruskin Park was recently declared a ‘Health Park’ in recognition of its health benefits, along with numerous on-site initiatives including a new outdoor gym, partnerships with mental health groups and an active volunteering programme.

Ruskin Park is one of Lambeth's Green Flag Award-winning parks, as well as a holder of ‘Park of the Year’ award from London In Bloom. These awards recognise the achievements made to provide visitors to and residents of Lambeth with a clean, safe, welcoming and popular open space they can all be proud of.

Other useful information

Friends of Ruskin Park - Friends of Ruskin Park

Green Flag Award - Green Flag Award

London in Bloom - London In Bloom

Tennis in Ruskin Park - see booking tennis courts in parks and open spaces

Booking other sports facilities in Ruskin Park - see Lambeth Parks Sports Facilities | Courts, Pitches & MUGAs | Better



Denmark Hill
Denmark Hill


Opening times

Venue opening times

Ruskin Park is normally open from 7am to 15 minutes before sunset.