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Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site

Old Cople Lane, Crystal Palace Parade, London, London, SE19 1UF

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Motorhomes

Why stay here ...

Following discussions between the London Borough of Bromley Council and the Club, we are pleased to announce that we have been given an extended lease which will enable us to keep the site open until Monday 20th December 2021. 

We know London is a very popular destination and are pleased to enable our members more time to enjoy one of our most popular and historic sites!

The Crystal Palace Club Campsite is ideally placed for visitors who are keen to visit London and all its attractions. The number 3 bus near the caravan park departs regularly and goes into London via Brixton, Lambeth Bridge, Trafalgar Square and terminates on Oxford Street.  The bus operates all through the night so late night theatre goers need not worry about returning to site.

As well as London itself, the campsite is ideally situated for annual events such as the Ideal Home Exhibition, the London to Brighton mini run, the London Marathon, the Chelsea Flower show, Wimbledon and of course Christmas and New Year events. Whether you’re camping, touring in a motorhome or towing a caravan, our London campsites are open to all tourers making it a great location from which to explore.

If you need a break from the capital, Crystal Palace is a delightful community in its own right with plenty of pubs, shops and restaurants all within walking distance. The huge park next door still displays the ruins of the iconic Crystal Palace which unfortunately burnt down in 1936. The local museum open at weekends is well worth a visit to see pictures of the Palace as it was. Also within the park are Paxton's dinosaurs surrounding a lovely boating lake, playgrounds, cafe plus a national sports centre complete with a public swimming pool, play area and maze, and it is an ideal venue for cycling and walking. It is possible to cycle into London using route 23 of the National Cycle Network which starts in Dulwich, home to the Picture Gallery.

Please note: this Club campsite is situated within the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) which means you may need to pay a feww based on your vehicle's emmissions, age and weight. The best way to find out is to use the Transport for London Low Emission Zone Checker. To avoid any late payment penalties, it's best to set up an Auto Pay account before you travel and then the appropirate payment is taken automatically when you drive into the zone.

Facilities on site ...

  • Baby changing facilities
  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Dog walk from site
  • Dog walk on site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Gas
  • Late arrivals area with electric hook-up
  • Laundry facilities
  • Motorhome service point
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: fair
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi charge
  • Wi-Fi rating: Bronze

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Walking notes:

Good walking routes near the site are in Crystal Palace park and sports complex.

Check out our ViewRanger walk.

Supermarket notes:

The closest is Sainsburys which is a 15 minute walk from the site.

Great savings on days out

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Directions

From West on A205 (south Circular): go past Dulwich College on right continue onwards for 0.5 mile to the traffic lights with the Grove Pub on the left. Turn right at these lights for 360 metres, then turn right again at the next set of traffic lights onto Sydenham Hill road. Go up the hill to the mini roundabout and turn right again still on Sydenham Hill Road. After 1 mile at the mini roundabout the site entrance will be straight ahead. From the East exit M25 at junction 2: follow signpost for A2 London, then take A205 (South Circular) to Catford. After going under the railway bridge turn left onto A212 signposted Sydenham and Crystal Palace. Go through Sydenham up Westwood Hill to the very top, at the mini roundabout the site is on left. Note: care required at the 2 mini roundabouts at site entrance. When office closed please use the late arrival area (open all night). Security barriers for entry to pitches. Beware of using Sat Nav as this may direct you across the centre of London (congestion charge) or on unsuitable roads for caravans and motorhomes.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
SE19 1UF
GPS:
Lat 51.42503 / Lon -0.07315
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OS field ref:
TQ341710
OS map ref:
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Handbook map ref:
K4

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: central London
  • Car hire on site
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest train station: Crystal Palace
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Train station within 5 miles

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A tired looking site

Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site

I'll start with the negatives as it's better to finish with a plus. Firstly, this site is starting to look tired. The fencing behind my pitch was falling over and some or the wood around the pitches was going rotten. I don't blame the club for not sorting these things out as we seem to be constantly losing the site, the latest being the end of December I believe, but this is an observation. Secondly, I think the site must be being used as a base for people working in London. The people on the pitch next to us were up and around at 6am, slamming doors etc, and a pitch opposite was occupied by a converted old horse box who's occupant went to the toilet block on a scooter. There was certainly no usual camp site feel. Thirdly, this is the first site we've visited where our pitch was allocated, so we had no choice. Some of the pitches further up the site got satellite but we didn't and there's no facility for aerial connection. Lastly, the reception has a counter to ceiling perspex screen, which separates the two sides of the counter from each other, the only point of contact being a hole about 6 inches in diameter. When I checked in I picked up my mask from the van but forgot to put it on as I walked in. The lady in the reception asked me if I would please put my mask on, something I thought a little unnecessary as I was the only person occupying the space. I did so and asked her if she would do the same, to which replied 'No, I don't have to'. She wasn't impolite in any way but she seemed to be convinced that her wearing a mask was not required. So, and I'd like a response to this if you would: is it Caravan Club policy that the wearing of masks in reception is compulsory for members but optional for employees when they are both sharing the same air, or should the lady have been sympathetic to my request? Ok, that's the whingeing over: this site is in a great location, close to really cheap public transport. Central London was 45 minutes away and we did Kew Gardens in an hour by train for £5.40 return. There are many good pubs and restaurants in Crystal Palace and they're only about 15 minutes walk. The site's not as good as some but the great location means I'd go back again

JohnW58

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Reviewed on 13/09/2021 18:02

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Great location but that's it

Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site
I've stayed here many times over the last few years. The atmosphere seemed different this summer. Lots of people living on the site, driving to the washblock, speeding on site. The guy on the pitch next door to me woke me up when he drove his van into the site at 2am, when there are meant to be no vehicles moving after 11pm. As a solo female I was actually a bit wary on site in the evenings this time, something I've never experienced on any club site before.

Sarahv84

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Reviewed on 19/08/2021 21:12

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Amazing site!!

Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site
We stayed here recently for 6 nights and were very impressed! The site is beautiful with lots of small sections and loads of trees. Our motorhome was parked right under an enormous tree was was wonderfully shady in the heatwave. Although it is a fairly big site it doesn’t seem so as it is broken up into the different area, unlike some big field type of sites so was very attractive. The atmosphere on site is very friendly and the site wardens were absolutely lovely. We were made to feel very welcome on arrival and our dog was given the best welcome you could hope for, including lots of strokes and gift of a ball. They were always around keeping an eye on everything and always happy to chat and answer any questions. They recommended a lovely dog friendly pub, the Faber Fox which has a fab outdoor sitting area and a massive welcome for Chip our dog - they even lend out dog beds! We had a lovely meal there. The adjacent park is also fantastic for dog walks and is only a few minutes walk away. The Showers were also fantastic - the only ones we have come across where you can adjust the temperature and volume of the water, so I was able to finish with a cold shower which I love - I know not many will agree!! We can here to visit family in south London , we normally prefer small CL type sites so were not expecting it to bee so lovely, we will definitely stay again. I just hope the council decide to extend the lease as the site is under threat and has already been given a couple of reprieves, it would be such a loss

Anne Docherty

Reviewed on 30/07/2021 19:07

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Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site
We have been staying at the Crystal Palace site each week for a couple of months as my wife is on a trial at King’s College Hospital. We normally arrive Sunday leaving late Tuesday evening. It’s a short four mile walk each way to the hospital which our dog Peanut, my wife and I really enjoy. Maria, one of the managers at the site really helped us at the start of treatment booking all our visits for us and making us feel very welcome. Maria and her husband John are very knowledgable of the area and always looking for recommendations from other customers to pass on to others. Even better they keep the fridge stocked with mint choc chip ice creams. We have this week for the first time tried a grass pitch on the recommendation of Maria. Our VW T2 Camper and awning worked brilliantly and in fact it was the best setup we have had so far, before this we have always stayed on hard-standing. By having this site and our three day stopover it has made our visits not just about the hospital. We could stay in a hotel but who wants to do that when we have been made to feel so welcome. Ian and Lisa

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Reviewed on 29/06/2021 21:56

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Telephone:
020 8778 7155

Site information

With our campsites busier than ever right now, we'd really appreciate your support with a few things to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable summer. Please be mindful of site arrival times (as they do vary), keep children and pets close by and within sight, and ensure you keep your speed below 5mph. Thank you!

All internal shared facility areas, including toilet and shower blocks, wash up areas, laundry rooms, drying rooms and information rooms will be fully open, however in order to continue to protect our staff, we will still be requiring social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings in our reception areas for the time being.

Remember, you only pay 5% VAT until 30 September 2021, then 12.5% VAT from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 on Club campsite prices! All you need to do is book your holiday as normal, and the discount will be applied to the appropriate rate when you pay on site.

Please Note: The Wireless Festival is being held in Crystal Palace Park from 10-12 September 2021. This may cause noise disruption to those staying on site, with loud music expected between 11am and 10pm.