Crystal Palace Park is an 80 hectare Grade II* listed park. It was originally designed by Sir Joseph Paxton to provide a new home to his Crystal Palace, the structure he designed to house the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851.
The park was created to be the magnificent setting for the relocated and enlarged Crystal Palace, which Paxton had designed for the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. The site was designed to impress, educate, entertain and inspire, eventually becoming an international attraction.
The main educational themes for the park were discovery and invention. The geological illustrations and the full scale models of the dinosaurs were pioneering and the technical engineering of the Palace itself was sophisticated.
Crystal Palace’s large glass and iron structure was situated on Sydenham Ridge which provided views across London and the Palace could be seen from many locations across the city.
Unfortunately, the Crystal Palace itself was destroyed by fire in 1936. This was followed by a period of dereliction and decay at the park.
Today, the park is home to a number of important natural and built heritage features including the National Sports Centre and offers a range of attractions for residents and visitors.
Crystal Palace Park has a wealth of attractions for all the family and has regular events and activities for the local community and visitors to the park.
The facilities at the park include National Sports Centre, children’s play area, Maze, Dinosaur trail, Fishing lake, Concert bowl, Children’s farm, Boating lake, Bust of Sir Joseph Paxton, Italian Terraces and sphinxes and the Crystal Palace Museum.
Crystal Palace Park is located in the London Borough Bromley, and is the borough’s largest park.
More info on Crystal Palace Park can be found here: crystalpalacepark.org.uk