Local Trips: Crystal Palace

Even if you can’t get away this summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t explore the local area and get away for a day trip! 

An area well-loved by locals for its bustling ‘Triangle’ of trendy cafes, independent restaurants, and vintage market, it is hard to believe that only 200 years ago Crystal Palace was no more than an oak forest!

1 Dinosaur Court at Crystal Palace Park – The initiative to build the models was spearheaded by pioneering palaeontologist Sir Richard Owen in the mid-1800s, with the aim being to create an ‘illustrated encyclopedia’ designed to educate visitors on our prehistoric predecessors. At the time of construction, the models represented the cutting edge in natural science, even getting a mention in the Charles Dickens’ classic “Bleak House”.

2 Crystal Palace Transmitting Station/Arqiva Crystal Palace – This vast communication spire is South London’s answer to the Eiffel Tower. Standing at 219 metres, it is responsible for bringing television signals to nearly 12 million people. If you’re lucky enough to catch a rare tour around the station you can marvel over the science behind transmitting radio and TV frequencies to the masses.

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre – The athletics stadium can seat up to 24,000 people and offers a variety of sporting facilities whilst being conveniently located at the heart of Crystal Palace Park. Although membership is required to use the gym facilities, the leisure centre is open to anyone looking to get active and enjoy sport in the local community. Although not an Olympic venue, the centre still hosts a range of prestigious sporting events such as national Taekwondo, Judo, Triathlon, Basketball and Volleyball championships.