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“Brilliant family day out”

Crystal Palace Park
Ranked #235 of 1,656 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Brilliant family day out”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

There is so much to do and see in this area. Well worth the trip for kids to see the dinosaurs, find their way throughout the maze, visit a small farm and more - especially as it gets warmer. We traveled for an hour on public transport and did not mind at all. Well worth it!

Visited March 2013
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Beckenham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
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“Day on the Swings”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is a fairly large park with various attractions, a nice tea room, an enclossed childrens play area, lake with fake dinosaurs, childrens Zoo, Minature race course for model cars (spectators only unless a member), Museum and of course the remains of Paxmans Crystal Palace.

Visited November 2012
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Croydon, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“One of the best parks in London!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Such a shame Crystal Palace burned down but the park still has many historical features, the grounds are beautiful and well maintained and there are many facilities available. This is a great park to visit there is something for all ages. The park has lots of wildlife and still has its famous dinosaurs and a great maze to get lost in. The garden displays are very colourful in all seasons and the lakes are a splendid sight. There are many picnic areas and a great cafe if you fancy a coffee or a meal! I visit the park at least once a week with my dog and always find my visit very relaxing and peaceful.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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“Lovely park; great for kids and adults who like to be kids!”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

We spent a cold snowy morning in the park and what a gem. We loved the open spaces; the glimpse of history (old Crystal Palace); the dinosaurs (commentary can be downloaded via mobile phone); the majestic deer statues on the heather; the frozen lakes and, of course, the maze. Yup, we're in our 50's and tackled the maze.....took 20-minutes to get out!!!! Just loved the fact that this is a no-cost venue which has a great stage for open-air concerts. Not sure if this is destined for yet another building site, so visit it now before it disappears. The Crystal Palace Museum is open at weekends (free) but we missed it unfortunately. We ended with hot chocolate in the Park Cafe; great value and accompanied by a scrummy fresh baguette stuffed with bacon - yum! We will definitely come back.

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Well worth a visit with the kids or to see the dinosaurs”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

A great Victorian park, steeped in history.

Great views over London from the site of the old Crystal Palace at the top of the hill, guaranteed to tire you and the kids out by running up there.

Don't miss the Dinosaurs around the lake near the station, read the signs describing these historical monuments and their fascinating history.

There is a great kids playground where kids can have fun "discovering" dinosaur fossils in the sand pit and play on dinosaur themed apparatus.

Café has a great location but the food has always been pretty low quality (junk food, sugary drinks) so don't expect to get anything decent to eat there. It's OK in an emergency if the kids are starving or craving a sugar hit but other than that avoid it. Much better is the excellent variety of pubs, cafés, restaurants and shops in Crystal Palace at the top of the hill if you fancy a bite to eat and/or a pint.

Radio controlled car club are often racing their models on the track near the stadium, worth a look for "boys" of all ages.

Easiest to get there via Overground train to Crystal Palace or Penge West station. Check the local map in the station to see where you are. Numerous local buses terminate at the Bus station at the top of the park so that may be a good option for getting in or out. Arriving by bus also means you can walk downhill through the park which is easier and take the train when you get to the bottom. Car parking isn't a big problem except on really busy days, car parks on Thicket Ave or the end of Sydenham Ave.

Visited October 2012
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