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Crystal Palace Park, London

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Crystal Palace Park is a Victorian pleasure ground, used for cultural and sporting events. It is located in the south-east London suburb of Crystal Palace, which was in turn named after the Crystal Palace Exhibition building, which had been moved 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 Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
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  • Started go about 40 years ago now and still love it, it’s great for young and old rain or sun you will always fall in love with CP  more »
  • What an amazing place to visit, just take a walk around this amazing park, the cafe is wonderful and serves great snacks, children are running wild with excitement and the park is full of joggers...  more »
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  • 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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