Crystal Palace Park

Crystal Palace Park, London: Hours, Address, Crystal Palace Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Crystal Palace Park
4.5
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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Karen
Pakistan3 contributions
Homo erectus
Jun. 2021 • Family
Absolutely stinky, the pond water was writhing with seggsual diseases that looked ready to go airborne. The local teenagers clearly have been frolicking and performing coitus on top of the dinosaurs. Disgusting
Written 5 July 2021
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miketrudy
london13 contributions
Shabby
Jun. 2021 • Couples
It needs some money spending on it.There's a lot of litter around.The area around the Sports is dated and covered in graffitti.Also a few signs would be helpful.
Written 11 June 2021
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Howard-Liverpool
Liverpool, UK2,744 contributions
Super Space
Jun. 2021
Huge open space with loads going on athletics walking exercising or like me simply trying to get an idea where the Crystal Palace was. A fascinating park. Went to look for a very ornate underpass but being rfurbished and also the old Crystal Palace High Level station which can be found - demolished - and the tunnel entrance. A great area
Written 11 June 2021
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United Kingdom7 contributions
Welcome to Jurassic Park
Apr. 2021
Went there Friday and had a great time, got to go on the paddle boats, which was £13 for two adults and one child, big park for playing football or flying kites, play area and sand pit for kids will be going again
Written 4 April 2021
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Peter Dink
Brighton, UK4 contributions
What a place to get lost..
Sep. 2020
The PD recently visited CP.. That's me..

I got lost.. and that's the best part of it all!

Scary Dragons! Freaky Deep Ponds! Lovely staff..

I was pulled from the swamps of the Crystal Palace ponds after taking a wrong step.. Wandering through the expansive parks, brutalist architecture, ancient trees, and a great park.. but back to the pond.

More fool me for trying to go on a boat.. didn't know you had to pay.. I guess I paid in soaking.. heh..

10/10 PD
Written 26 November 2020
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Anthony
Beckenham, UK6 contributions
Great park, shame its so busy and new cafe not great
Nov. 2020
Fantastic park, much busier in recent months due to Covid. Be aware that any food and drink facilities here are always rammed at peak times during the weekend. The new cafe lets the park down, it seems to have been designed in a way that it can never cope with demand (even in regular weekend days outside of Covid lockdown, the queues can be large). So recommend taking your own snacks and a thermos.
Written 24 November 2020
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Brian T
London, UK3,974 contributions
Something for everyone!
Aug. 2020
There’s pleasure for everyone in this vast 200 acre park in South London. It goes back to Victorian times when the huge exhibition building that was created for the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851 was moved (and expanded) to Crystal Palace to be the centre piece of a new ‘pleasure ground’. The vision was that it would surpass the splendours of Versailles. I’m not sure whether it did that or not, as the vast glass palace is no longer there. The huge glass and iron ‘Crystal Palace’ burnt down in 1936, and only the concrete staircases, Italian terraces and the curious Sphinxes remain.

Parts of the park are quite attractive; some parts are quite ugly, and parts are quite unkempt. The space is blighted by unattractive car parks, and the equally unattractive National Sports Centre and its concrete walkways, though of course they provide necessary facilities to the local and wider community. There are plenty of things to do for visitors, and it warrants a visit, even if you are going to sit under the shady trees or have a picnic on the gentle grassy slopes.

Most visitors to the park (especially the children) will head to the Lower Pond to see the curious collection of sculptures of full-size dinosaurs and other extinct mammals around the pond. There’s around 30 of them. They’ve been there for over 150 years. They were created by Benjamin Waterhouse and unveiled in 1854 as a part of the new Victorian pleasure ground being established. They have been restored a couple of times, though just prior to my visit a huge chunk had fallen off one of the sculptures. They are certainly worth seeing.

As you wander through the park you can’t miss the remains of the great Exhibition Hall, the enormous ‘Crystal Palace’ which once occupied the park. It was designed by architect Sir Joseph Paxton. You can just imagine the sight it must have been from the bits that remain. You’ll see the huge staircases, the lovely old Italian terraces, some decaying statues (they need to be restored), huge vases and urns, and the remains of tazzas. The remains are Grade II heritage listed now. This is my favourite part of the park. And of course you can’t miss those orange Sphinxes. There were 12 of them originally; only 6 remain. They were restored a few years ago and repainted in the colour they originally were.

There’s also a little museum on the edge of the park, not far from the Crystal Palace Parade entrance to the park. It’s open on the weekends, from 11:00 - 15:00.

There’s lots of walking paths, a concert bowl, some pleasant manicured garden areas, and expanses of grass for football and cricket. There’s also a small urban farm with a collection of animals, and a traditional maze, though they were closed when I visited due to the current pandemic. There’s also a cafe for drinks and snacks. The park opens at 07:30 daily. Car parking is free, but the park is popular and spaces fill quickly.

You’ll need a couple of hours to see it all at a leisurely pace. Much of the park is fully accessible to those using mobility assistance, though there are some stairs, and some paths are gravel, and also steep.

The park is located in the neighbourhood of Crystal Palace in South London. It’s about 7 miles from central London, and can be reached by the London Overground, or direct trains from London Bridge. It’s in Zone 4 of London’s transport network.
Written 6 November 2020
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730chrysn
Sutton, UK32 contributions
A tiny bit of country in London
Oct. 2020 • Couples
This is such a gem to be found in South East London. It is very popular with dog walkers and families. This is my second visit and l enjoyed walking through acres of parkland, viewing the Dinosaur Park and strolling along the terrace. There was even Food market going on, which was being regulated as to how many people could attend, as it was a small area. I would thoroughly recommend it, particularly as car parking is free.
Written 18 October 2020
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kombizz
usa4,831 contributions
Fantastic place to escape from Covid19
Jul. 2020
This park is one of the major park, green land for the south-east London suburb which attract hundreds of people everyday to come to the park to enjoy different facilities and outdoor space.
Written 7 October 2020
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chrisdodd4
London, UK376 contributions
Di no saur us on a day out in Crystal Palace Park
Oct. 2020 • Solo
We decided to visit this beautiful park,so we made our way on bus,winding it’s way to park entrance, first we went in the Westow House pub,for a quick pint see my review if you wish.

Afterwards we dropped into the park, and firstly you come to where what stood the famous Crystal Palace,get your phone out and goggle the pathe newsreel, as you listen to it,emerse yourself back to what it would have been like to witness the grander of the building then the utter destruction as a fire 🔥 tore through it.

We then passed the antenna, at the corner of the park, which like the one at Alexandra Palace was used by BBC, the path then takes you pass the outdoor concert bowl and lake, there is the maze but It wasn’t open on the day we visited.

On reaching the bottom of the park we visited our second pub the Bridge House, again if you like to read my review it’s there if you choose to read it, if not after we quenched our thirst, we re entered the park, as you do be mindful of the viaduct the London Overground goes over a feet of engineering went in to building that no doubt.

So as I said we took the path up pass the cafe and boating lake and entered the dinosaur 🦕 enclosure, see picture below, these dinosaurs have been in Crystal Palace park for a very long time, they need a bit of TLC, but no too much to spoil it.

We then passed the athletic stadium on our way up to Crystal Palace overground station to get the train back to New Cross Gate to get the bus home.

So in summary go visit this wonderful piece of green open space,and polish up this forgotten hidden 💎 Gem.

We did and was not disappointed.

Written 6 October 2020
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