Crystal Palace Park – Travel Tuesday

Following on from last week’s plans to share more local travel tips today I wanted to talk about another new London discovery. Crystal Palace Park. Before a couple of weeks ago I hadn’t been to Crystal Palace for years, it’s actually where my parents had their first house, but the only Crystal Palace I’ve been to is to watch Crystal Palace football team. But that’s in nearby Selhurst Park rather than Crystal Palace itself. Odd I know!

 

 

So first of here’s a little history on Crystal Palace Park…

It is located in Crystal Palace which is in south-east London. The area is actually named after The Crystal Palace, a steel and glass building which was built in London’s Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition in 1851. The Crystal Palace was later moved from Hyde Park and relocated to form the centerpiece of this park but was destroyed by fire in 1936.

The current Crystal Palace Park contains the National Sports Centre, a maze, lakes, full scale model dinosaurs, a children’s park, a cafe and a concert venue.

pretty flowers and the Crystal Palace tower

The Italian Terraces

In the maze

The maze dates back to 1870, but more recently is has been adopted by the UK Girl Guides, to become the Centenary maze. Apparently at a Boy’s Scout rally in the park in 1909 a group of girls approached Robert Baden Powell and demanded a similar movement for girls. The Girl Guides was created the following year. To mark the centenary of the Girl Guiding movement Bromley Council and the Girl Guides got together to restore the maze and commissioned artwork for the centre piece along with roundels to find within the maze. 

The center of the maze (and my feet)

One of the commissioned roundels

Walking through the park

The dinosaurs are my favourite thing about the park. These giant statues are surrounded by water and lush greenery and they come with information plaques and sound effects. Walking through the dinosaur are is always wonderful because the children are in utter awe of them. There’s something a little magical about their reactions.

 

Dinosaurs

So there you have it. Just a few highlights from Crystal Palace Park.

Lau xx

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10 Comments

Cynthia

I had no idea about this park…. must be one of those off the beaten path London places. It had me at MAZE, dinosaurs, and that beautiful tree-lined shady lane. Thanks for sharing!

thisandthatblog

It is definitely away from the normal tourist spots but it’s still worth a visit. Thanks for stopping by.
Laura xx

Camila

Wow I never knew about this park! It looks massive and so gorgeous! Definitely love the dinosaurs 😉

thisandthatblog

It is pretty special. The dinosaurs are so quirky, I’d heard about them before going but actually seeing them was so fun. 🙂 Laura xx

Melanie Fontaine

Why is it that I constantly have to learn about more amazing, beautiful places in London? It makes me long to go there again! 🙂 By the way, I think it’s great that you’re now blogging together! 🙂

thisandthatblog

I know exactly what you mean. Every time I read about where other people have been I have a real urge to visit! Why can’t I just endlessly travel??
Thanks, we’re enjoying it, it’s nice to have someone to bounce ideas off!
Laura xx

Jessi

Wow cool post – I’ve never heard of this park! Definitely going to check it out, I love a maze and the history is very cool 🙂

thisandthatblog

Definitely do check it out. It’s so much fun and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get there. Hope you enjoy it. Laura xx

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