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Crystal Palace Park, London

#24 of 183 in Parks in London
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Crystal Palace Park is a Victorian pleasure ground located in the south-east London suburb of Crystal Palace which surrounds the site of the former Crystal Palace Exhibition building. The Palace had been relocated from Hyde Park, London after the 1851 Great Exhibition and rebuilt with some modifications and enlargements to form the centrepiece of the pleasure ground, before being destroyed by fire in 1936. The park features full-scale models of dinosaurs in a landscape, a maze, lakes, and a concert bowl.
This site contains the National Sports Centre, previously a football stadium that hosted the FA Cup Final from 1895 to 1914 as well as Crystal Palace F.C.'s matches from their formation in 1905 until the club was forced to relocate during the First World War. The London County Cricket Club also played matches at Crystal Palace Park Cricket Ground from 1900 to 1908, when they folded, and the cricket ground staged a number of other first-class cricket matches and had first been used by Kent County Cricket Club as a first-class venue in 1864.

The park is situated halfway along the Norwood Ridge at one of its highest points. This ridge offers views northward to central London, eastward to the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and Greenwich, and southward to Croydon and the North Downs. The park remains a major London public park. The park was maintained by the LCC and later the GLC, but with the abolition of the GLC in 1986, control of the park was given to the London Borough of Bromley, so the park is now entirely within the London Borough of Bromley. The park is also host to one of the largest weekly outdoor Farmers' Markets in London, along the main avenue.

The park is Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
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  • 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....  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • I love crystal palace park! It is so beautiful and interesting. Having the ruins of the crystal palace really allows your imagination to take you back in time! I love the dinosaur sculptures and think they are so much fun! It is a great day out for all the family, a hot date or even a stroll by yourself!
  • Victorian dinosaurs, sports complex - tennis, beach volleyball etc etc. Fellas driving serious remote control cars.. nice strolls through wooded and grass spots. Top notch park.

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