I’ve been living in London for over 10 years now. I’ve visited in and around the Crystal Palace area for years because I had friend in the area. Little did I  know there was as gem in the midst. Thanks to my Instagram addiction, I recently spotted photos posted by a friend on mine, during her trip to Crystal Palace Park. I messaged her straight away to enquire about the cost and things to do. I was over the moon to find out it was FREE .  Days out for a family of four can be pricey. On the first Bank Holiday Monday in May, hubby and I took the kids to Crystal Palace Park.


What We Did Crystal Palace Park


It’s not often on family outings that I’m caught unawares. Our trip to Crystal Palace Park was one such trip. I was not prepared for all the wonderful things that the park had to offer. Perhaps it was a good thing, because we only had two hours to spare. I was due to resume my driving lessons that day as well.

crystal palace park

So what can you do within two hours at the park: –

  • Have a ice cream cone
  • Take a stroll along the scenic path
  • Spot dinosaurs (not real ones of course)
  • Rent a pedalo and sail cruise along the lake
  • Play in the playground and sandpit area


It may seem like a lot in for such a short space of time, but Angelo and Valentina get bored easily. 


Crystal Palace Park

The Park On A Sunny Day


Still, on a warm sunny day I’m certain we could easily spend an entire day there. Apart from the dinosaurs there are other interesting sculptures; a café, as well as, an expanse of green areas for picnics and games. If you little ones love dinos as much as mine do, check out the dinosaur and the heritage trails.

Crystal Palace Farm is only 6 minutes walk about dinosaurs. At the farm, you to meet and greet the animals as well as learn about the running of a working farm. It can be a day out on it’s own or twined with a trip to the park. We didn’t make it to farm because the our two were all worn out. So, it’s certainly on our list of places to visit.


More About the Dinosaur Sculptures


Darwin's dinosaursThe life size dinosaurs are a sight to behold. Children will find these massive ‘lizards’ be fascinating. In 1852, the Crystal Palace Company moved to Penge and commissioned leading scientist of the day, Richard Owen, to create the life size dinosaur models for the park, with the aid of artist Benjamin Hawkins.

The Dinosaurs have been creatively positioned along the tree lined waterway which give the space a ‘land before time’ prehistoric feel.



For more information on the park, click this link.

I’m linking this blog post to the Country Kids from Coombe Mill blog hop.



(updated 14th February 2022)

(updated 12th May 2020)





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