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
SE20 8DT
Opening hours: Daily 7.30am-dusk
Transport: Rail: Crystal Palace

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  • Thursday November 5 2015
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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.

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.


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