Walking Tour: Islington as a Place of Refuge (Caledonian Park to Kings Cross)

19 June 2021

14:00 - 16:00

Cally Park. Please register using the link in post

Refugee Week Event

About the Walk

Join us, at the end of Refugee week, in a walk that explores the stories of some of the refugees and migrants who have come to Islington over the centuries. They have escaped danger, war, hardship as well as political and social persecution. Their stories, their influence on Islington and how Islington has responded – both historically and now – make for a fascinating walk. Discover the building that was London’s first purpose built gymnasium, the home of the African National Congress in exile and the site of Britain’s first black arts centre as well as organisations now that are supporting refugees.

The walk will last between 1.5 and 2 hours.

This is the second walk of the day. It starts at Caledonian Park and finishes at Kings Cross. Caledonian Park will be hosting a series of free events celebrating Refugee Week, including an exhibition and storytelling in the park between 11am-2pm. You are welcome to attend these events prior to the walk.

Book your free ticket here.

Due to Covid numbers are strictly limited. Please cancel your ticket if you cannot make the tour to allow others to attend.

About Caledonian Park

The history of Caledonian (Cally) Park and the local area extends beyond the iconic clock tower itself. The park and local area hide many clues to the history of the cattle market and the subsequent “Cally” market, as well as stories of recreation and radicalism which you can explore in this park tour.

Health and safety

Before your visit please read the information below carefully to ensure you are familiar with our health and safety requirements and arrive suitably prepared.

Please wear appropriate foot wear. Paths and pavements may be slippy due to rain or mud. Please take care when walking.

Dress appropriately for the weather as the tour will take place outside.

The tour lasts approximately 2 hour with time at the end to get a hot drink or food from the café.

It is suggested that you wear masks during the tour. Please maintain social distancing whilst on the tour.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

To Caledonian Park:

Buses: 274 to Market Road; 390 to York Way; 17, 91, 259, 274 to Caledonian Road

Tube: Caledonian Road (Piccadilly Line)

Overground: Caledonian Road and Barnsbury

No parking available

 Kings Cross is well connected on the London Underground, National Rail and local bus network

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email: callypark@islington.gov.uk


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You must bring booking confirmation; this can be printed or presented on your phone.


Can I update my registration information?



Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

If you find you cannot attend the event time you have booked, please email us.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?