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“October Park Visit”

Crystal Palace Park
Ranked #231 of 1,616 things to do in London
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San Diego, California
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64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“October Park Visit”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Crystal Palace Park was an excellent place to spend several enjoyable afternoons - a hidden gem in London. The Dinosaur trail was perhaps the most unique and memorable part of it, especially for kids, but the views overlooking south London from the top of the park by the remnants of the palace were also striking. It is too bad the road on the north side is lined with trees otherwise there would be an amazing panorama of London.

We also enjoyed the life-sized labyrinth, though recent rains filled several paths with puddles. The children's play area was more basic than others in the area but still enjoyable. Some attractions were closed/dormant for the season: the band stand looked more like some huge modern art structure, no pony rides or bouncy castle obviously. We just missed the brief opening hours for the mini museum and animal farm.

We never found the cafe, but there is an excellent and charming cafe at the train station, and there are many great options in the Crystal Palace triangle on the northwest corner of the park.

Visited October 2013
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Boise, Idaho
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“Beautiful Park for Kids of All Ages”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We try to visit London as often as possible, as my wife was born and raised there, and most of her family still lives there. Since we have a three-year-old, we're always on the look out for easy, and inexpensive days out in the city. There are many things to consider, as fellow parents know: transportation, parking, amenities, cost, and of course entertainment. We already knew some of the history of Crystal Palace, and since my sister-in-law lives nearby, we decided to give the park a shot. Transportation wasn't an issue for us, as I was driving, and parking was easy to find right in the park.

We were especially looking forward to the Crystal Palace "dinosaurs" sculpted by Benjamin Waterhouse. The story of these sculptures is well documented in the park, and we found it fascinating and charming. The three-year-old obviously enjoyed them immensely as well. He had a wonderful time racing up and down paths amongst the beautiful trees just on the verge of changing to their Autumn shades.

We then made our way to the playground, (there are probably more than one in the park, but this one was nearest the dinosaurs). To our delight, it was a perfect playground for a three-year-old. Entirely fenced in with a huge sandpit, dinosaur bones, and equipment that was just his size, we were able to let him roam as much as he liked without worrying about accidents.

We then made the trek to the end of the park where the Crystal Palace once stood. It's quite a walk, so bring a stroller if you have little ones. When we arrived, it was easy to see how spectacular the Palace must have been, sitting atop a hill with a breathtaking view of the surroundings. I do wish there had been more documentation and perhaps some photos of the old Palace for visitors to see.

This park is such a wonderful place. I don't know how many events are held there, but we also saw an outdoor amphitheater, and a giant good-sized sports complex. I've recently heard rumors of an eccentric billionaire re-building the Crystal Palace where it previously stood, I hope these rumors are true!

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice Place avoid the cafe”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Nice place to visit with kids. Do not go to the cafe, it is dirty andhygiene is is zero. I WOULD NOT FEED MY DOG THERE..

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“One of my favourite places in London!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I enjoy very much going to Crystal Palace Park, 'cause there's always something to do.
My daughter loves the Dinosaurs trail and the small farm. It's a perfect place for a family picnic

Visited July 2013
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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“The place that has everything to keep children and adults amused.”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

What a truly wondrous place; Life size model replicas of Dinosaurs set in real life greenery, children's zoo, boating lake, pony rides mini-museum with history of park and dinosaur models, adventure playgrounds and for smaller children small-time playground, acres and acres of meadow, flowers, trees and shrubs and all beside the crystal palace sports stadium for if after days you find you want to sit and watch others being energetic.

Visited April 2013
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