Crystal Palace Park Walk

heritage cryPapa Joe and I love exploring Britain’s industrial heritage.

Recently we wandered around Crystal Palace following the Paxton’s Heritage Trail which is a self guided walk around Crystal Palace. Joseph Paxton was the architect who designed The Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

The full trail is just over 2 miles and you can find out more details by downloading the leaflet –  download here.

As you walk around you will see cast iron bollards with gold lettering and numbers. The first bollard is located outside the Visitor Centre Penge Gate and The Park Café.


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Paxton’s Heritage Trail takes you beside the large models of the dinosaurs. You can find out why the dinosaurs were built here and other facts by listening to The Darwin and the Dinosaur audio trail which you can download from audiotrails.co.uk

All along the trail are signposts telling you which section of the trail to listen to.

In addition The Crystal Palace Park Community Group have an information leaflet about the dinosaurs.


Where: Crystal Palace – near Penge and Sydenham
Parking: large car park – Annerly Hill entrance. 2 car parks Lodge Gate & Penge entrances
Facilities: Dinosaur Sculpture – audio trail
Heritage Trail
playground with large sandpit full of dinosaur eggs and bones!
boating on the lake -summer weekends and school holidays
café near Penge Gate Brown and Green café at Crystal Palace Station
Website: Bromley Council and Crystal Palace Park Community Group
Useful leaflets Park Leaflet Dinosaur leaflet Heritage Trail


Getting There Crystal Palace Park, either Thicket Road or Annerley Road SE20 for carparks
see map or get directions Public Transport TFL Journey Planner or National Rail

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