Crystal Palace Park

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Crystal Palace Park
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Children going through the dinosaur phase always enjoy a visit to 'the monsters' - five dinosaur sculptures that lurk among the trees around the lake. The remains of a Victorian pre-historic theme park created on the site by Benjamin Waterhouse-Hawkins, the dinosaurs were restored in 2003.

Venue name: Crystal Palace Park
Address: Thicket Rd
London
SE20 8DT
Opening hours: Daily 7.30am-dusk
Transport: Rail: Crystal Palace
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Felicia H

Great place to venture for various reasons. The surroundings so peaceful from a nature perspective...great for meditation.

Ellinor M

One of the best green spaces in London and green space improves everyone's quality of life more than anything.

Emma S

Great combination of lovely green space, children's activities, a maze and those incredible dinosaurs!

Elena Gil

Crystal Palace Park is a nice spot in South London. A green area perfect to play with your children, run or walk around

Nick L

Huge green space which thankfully appears to have avoided the ill conceived idea to rebuild a Crystal Palace with no idea what to put in it. Investment has still come, with improved cafe, refurbished dinosaurs, and a reliably consistent calendar of funfairs and fireworks for local families.

MissD1971

Have been coming in here for years! Dinosaurs, children's zoo, boating lake, guy the gorilla statue, ruins of crystal palace, this lovely park should be preserved the crystal palace especially.

Kritt N
Tastemaker

Crystal Palace Park is a Victorian Pleasure ground located in the South-East London in the suburb of, you guessed it, Crystal Palace.


It’s big and vast as you’d come to expect from a London Park but Crystal Palace Park has one thing that all the other London parks hasn’t got: dinosaurs. Yes, really. Move over Jurassic Park!


Admittedly they’re not real rather disappointingly. They’re sculptures of the prehistoric beasts. Nevertheless, it is still good fun to follow the dino trail, and if you have the little ones in tow, they’re sure to love it too. Did you know these dinosaurs have been around since the Victorian era?


But that’s not all. You can explore all 200 acres of the park. Along the way, you’ll come across a maze, an Egyptian sphinx, a lake reservoir and even a small farm.


It’s a great place to come on a summer’s day for a picnic or to play footie, whatever you’re into and it’s also quite literally around the corner from Crystal Palace Overground station which makes it easy to get to.

Marco D
tastemaker

It's an astoundingly huge park full of nature and fun for all the family. Where do you start with this park, there are so many entrances to get in. Once you do it's a great morning or afternoon spent walking your dog, riding your bike, having a jog, e.t.c. Crystal Palace Park has very interesting and peculiar ornamental statues, beautiful views and pools.

It's an incredible spacious park for all fun activities for children. During the summer I know that they run fantastic sport activities and events for young adventurers. The tennis court is a must for all people interested training and playing a good game of tennis. It's a park to have fun, relax and have a little bit of adventure. An area to have an afternoon lunch, while the weather is the best in Crystal Palace Park. Have fun and walk around. #TOTastemaker Love MD.

dovpanda
Tastemaker

Worth going for in a nice weather. We went on Good Friday and it was lovely. Very specious park, not that many people surprisingly. I had a lovely nice walk in the park without really knowing where to go or what's in it. Took some funny pics of the statues. However, and it's not very clear from other reviews about the park, you can't take pics with the dinosaur statues! :( Haha but it's ok. Plenty of room to chill on the grass, activities for kids, a nice lake and more. Would recommend for families! 

Anaelle
Tastemaker

First of, there’s the lake where you can hire a boat for you and your family to float around. Then, there’s this bit with hilariously out-dated sculptures of dinosaurs from the 1850s. (Kids love it, I’m not sure why.) In the middle you will find a sports centre. And at the top, the ruins of the Crystal Palace Palace and gardens, with amazing Egyptian-inspired statues.


This park is like patchwork. But funny enough it works and makes for a great walk because you discover different bits and experience different vibes. I like it! With loads of open space as well, you can find a perfect spot to chill out during a sunny afternoon.

Guy Parsons
moderatorStaff Writer

DINOSAURS! What I didn't know was these weren't some thrown together fiberglass dinosaurs from the 1970s. Instead, this was the first ever 3D depiction of dinosaurs by the guy who discovered them back in the Victorian era. People thought he was making it up. Kind of amazing.

Rest of the park has some nice bits although it's a bit randomly laid out? Also, see how many statues with their heads cut off you can find. Sinister.

Kishma S
Tastemaker

Crystal Palace park is huge with lots of interesting different areas. My personal favourite is the trail around the dinosaurs. There is also a boating lake and children's play area.

My least favourite part of the park is the exorbitant price of refreshments. £2.50 for a Magnum, £3 for a cup of tea. Outrageous. All of the outlets (cafe, ice cream vans, stalls) are owned by the same company so everything is the same price. The toilets are also abismal.

If you come with a pic nic and a cast iron bladder, it's a great place to spend the day :)

Margaret P

Fabulous park that caters for everyone from those athletes training weekly on the track to mums and dads having a picnic with their children in the playground or those that just want to take in the panoramic view from the top. Love this area!

Jon T

Unpolished gem of a park. Can't wait for some investment to bring it back to it's former glory

Ella M

A maze, Dinosaurs, pedaloes, playground, petting farm, gig venue, history, culture, mass open spaces, park run, café, sports centre, the transmitters, 3 swimming pools, fishing lakes, best toboggining venue ever, open to have large parties and tents, events all year from fireworks to film festivals - it's the reason I rarely make the 20 min journey to zone 1 at weekends. I have a lot of love for this park - Dinosaurs people Dinosaurs!

Noreen M

A wonderful heritage park that needs more investment - not being sold off to developers, Mr Boris Johnson!!!

Graeme C

"come on...who else has dinosaurs living in their local park?" perfect for a "first date stroll on a Sunday afternoon, getting to know you...."

A-Dog
Staff Writer

DINOSAURS! This place has large dinosaur statues. Enough said.

It also has incredible views of London and plenty of green and play space. At the centre is the sports centre with full athletics track and Olympic size swimming pool.

Hammertime
moderatorStaff Writer

What a beautiful place to hang out. Whether you've got kids or not, the sculpture park of anatomically incorrect Victorian dinosaurs is a pleasure to wander around. Playground is also a cut above with it's sandpit and dinosaurs.

Tristan P
Staff Writer

Sure, there are a lot of parks in London. Sure, most of them have statues and ponds and grass and stuff, but how many have dinosaurs? DINOSAURS. Not actual dinosauras, of course – this isn't Jurassic Park (though if anyone wants to build one in London – preferably south east London – that would be great, thanks). But I'm going to go ahead and say it's the closest thing to Jurassic Park on the planet. So yeah, the dinosaurs are pretty amazing (even though they're not real), and hey, the park itself is marvellous too. There's grass, a big pond with pedalos, hills and very often lots of great dogs, too. Did I mention the dinosaurs? I hear they come alive when the park shuts at night. Love this place.

Sarah E
Staff Writer

A huge green park with lots to see and do. There are lots of large open areas to play games and have a picnic. A well-equipped childrens' playground with a huge sandpit. I recommend taking a walk around the dinosaur area which has lovely waterfalls and streams to look at.  Also take a visit to the farm if you have young children. All in all there's something for everyone.

sarah

Must go see the dinosaur park. Sculptures made by Sir RIchard Owen who was the scientist who first named and classed them as Dinosaurs!