Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site (REF : CRY)

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

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  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Motorhomes

Why stay here ...

We are pleased to announce that The London Borough of Bromley Council has recently informed us that the plans to redevelop the area where Crystal Palace Club Site is located, have been temporarily postponed. These redevelopment plans would have closed the Crystal Palace Club site forever, from the end of December 2018.

Following discussions between the Council and the Club, we have agreed terms for a short term lease while they plan the redevelopment works. This lease will enable us to keep the site open until Monday 19th October 2020. There is a possibility that the lease could be extended further, but this will be communicated to our members later next year.

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!

Crystal Palace Club Site 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 site 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. 

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 site is situated within the London Low Emission Zone. Visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/lezlondon for more information.

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.

Supermarket notes:

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

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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:
177
Handbook map ref:
K4

Transport links

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

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Great site perfect location for London and more

We stopped here 4 nights and used this perfect location to visit various attraction in London. We used the trains and underground which were accessed from Crystal Palace Station a 10 - 15 min walk away. Site was clean and well layed out, even though there is non stop traffic in the area we never heard any road noise. Yes we would stop here again as its a perfect location.
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Convenient for London

very friendly and helpful staff. We stayed just 1 night on the grass pitch. They have hard standing too. Large site but quite private. A 10-12 minute walk through the crystal palace park get you to the overground trains. To Covent garden is a 55 min journey. Uber to the campsite is £30-35. Hopefully this site stays open for longer

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We've recently returned from an 8-night stay at the site and thoroughly recommend it. We last stayed some 6-7 years ago and the site is as beautiful as ever with friendly, helpful wardens to guide you on your way. It's an ideal base for exploring London with the No.3 bus on the doorstep taking you directly to Trafalgar Square, with other bus and train services enabling you to easily access other parts of the capital - day and night. Whilst we there, we took the opportunity to visit every location on the London Monopoly board to see the hidden side of the capital, as well as experience the sights and sounds of Greenwich, Primrose Hill and Camden, Spitalfield and Borough markets and a West End show! Returning back to the site on an evening, you escape from the hussle and bussle of the city to a mini oasis, patrolled by a local urban fox and on our pitch, a equally confident raven. It's a real shame the site is currently under threat of closure and trust this decision can be reversed so that it can be enjoyed by many more people in future years. Crystal Palace site is a real gem in the CMC site portfolio and credit to the wardens for keeping it in such great shape. Steve R

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A good site suiting its purpose

I enjoyed a five night stay here taking in the spring bank holiday weekend. The wardens were lovely and very kind in giving assistance and information, including good advice about a problem I had with my motorhome engine, which thankfully was resolved after a call to the AA. The site is pleasant enough if somewhat dark and confined and a bit cramped in parts – but one would expect that for a site inside Greater London. It is of an age that gives it a somewhat careworn appearance, but, as continually under threat, one cannot criticise the club for being careful about money spent here. The toilet block was perfectly sound but, once or twice, mid-afternoon, it was unusually dirty and messy, no doubt due to thoughtless users rather than any negligence over cleaning. Indeed, the conduct of some patrons here left a bit to be desired. Loud music, late night chatting, and more than the usual comings and goings, at all hours! An urban site – convenient as a place to stay rather than being there for the site’s sake – is possibly the reason or perhaps I was just unlucky. There are lots of sources of noise apart from people! Traffic, obviously; aircraft circling overhead before going into Heathrow; a shrill morning chorus in the large and abundant trees around the site. None of this much of a bother to me – if anything the birds were the most intrusive (but that’s not a complaint)! Those easily upset by traffic need to get as far down the site from reception as possible. However, this can be tricky as pitches are allocated here - not sure why, but maybe as the site is confined and a long queue could be an issue. There are good pitches and not so good pitches on any site and that is certainly true here; so, if I arrived when there was a choice, I would be unhappy with a duff pitch. Anyway, as it happened, I had a good pitch, so I was alright Jack! The site is good for access to London; the recommended No. 3 bus is an interesting, if tedious, journey. I preferred the train (even though I have a bus pass) and it is an easy walk to Crystal Palace station – or a bit further to Penge West. Comparisons are often made with Abbey Wood; Crystal Palace has the benefit of the park, and is nearer to central London, but otherwise my vote is for Abbey Wood which is a much bigger less claustrophobic place to be, has quick access to London from Abbey Wood station, just ten minutes walk, is quieter, despite the proximity of London City Airport, is much less stressful to reach from the M25 and has plenty of places to visit in the area apart from central London itself. For Crystal Palace I left the M25 at the M4 and then the south circular from Chiswick and this took two hours from leaving the M25 (at about 11 am)! Still, an enjoyable and happy stay.
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Cracking site

Yes the facilities are older, but beautifully clean. Staff all work very hard around the site, but always with a willing smile and cheery chat. It’s perfect to visit London and also Greenwich. Super walk round the Crystal Palace Park behind site too. Thanks everyone for a great stay.
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Telephone:
020 8778 7155

Site information

On Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September a two day music event will be taking place at the Crystal Palace park.