Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site

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

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  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Motorhomes

Why stay here ...

Following ongoing discussions between the London Borough of Bromley Council and the Club, we are pleased to announce that we have been granted an extended lease which will enable us to keep the site open for bookings up to and including Sunday 18th September 2022 and bookings can be made now.

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 within the Club network!

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 at Whitehall. 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 fee based on your vehicle's emissions, 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 appropriate 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.

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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:
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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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Nice, traditional site

Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site
We've just spent 3 weeks on this site, visiting our first grandchild at our daughter and son-in-laws flat, in nearby Streatham. The site was perfect for us, clean and tidy (despite the closure notice hanging over it) and the wardens were fantastic - helpful from our initial phonecall enquiry, through to when we left. They do a great job and deserve recognition for their efforts. This time of year, particularly on a wooded, damp site, does bring challenges, with the toilet block in particular, suffering from the occasional inconsiderate member, who doesn't make any effort to keep the place clean and, I guess, that this isn't helped by the seemingly stupid decission from the Club to still prohibit the use of shower curtains, that do help to prevent the flooded floors we often experienced. It would also be good to have the useful stools back that we think so necessary in this old style shower block. Whilst staying there, we did travel around both town areas extensively and visited a couple of English Heritage sites, using the local buses, we also did a 50 mile, round trip, bike ride down to the North Downs. I do have to say that, with so many people living in such close proximity and with many happy to produce and dump, hige amounts of rubbish, the area is very scruffy and we were very happy to come home to our lovely Shropshire. That said, the Crystal Palace site is very well located and we do hope that it continues to operate for many more years.

PaulEdwards29

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Reviewed on 31/10/2021 22:19

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Great place to stay

Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site
I recently stayed here, having visited last year. It is brilliant The reception team are polite, helpful, full of good humour and go the extra mile to accommodate requests The site is quiet, litter free, very well maintained, has green areas and is surrounded by trees. The pitches are of a good size. The toilet and shower block is really clean, well looked after with great water pressure and lovely hot water and the facilities for grey and chemical waste as well as fresh water are easily .accessible To be so close to all that London has to offer, but have a quiet, green space to return to, is brilliant.

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Reviewed on 04/10/2021 09:55

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Blink and you’ll miss it!

Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site
Although the directions are easy to follow and lead you straight to the site, if you didn’t know it was there, you could walk past it and not see it. It is so well hidden and, certainly when we were there, was very quiet and peaceful. There is easy access to everything the park has to offer and it is minutes away from several bus stops and train stations so is the ideal base for visiting central London and other attractions. The staff are friendly, the facilities are clean, the pitches level. We were very impressed and will definitely return.

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Reviewed on 23/09/2021 21:15

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Amazing Peaceful retreat in London

Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site
As I compile this,I have just read on the forum another year has been granted by whoever owns this site.First of all I this was my first visit,used for a dance evening and the nearby Rivoli ballroom,but the site just did not have or looked to have a closure notice hanging over its head. All pitches neat and tidy and well run by the site managers.Pitches are allocated here and you can see why with the layout of the site.It does have the same sort of feeling as Baltic Wharf,where building land just seem to override prime recreational use. Obviously London is the main attraction here,but we spent one day walking the park and especially around the the dinosaur end on the park. The Hornimans museum again set in inner London parkland was unique in it difference to other museums,with the actual museum free but other parts such as Aquarium. Monkey Land and Butterfly section requiring a fee to enter. The site itself is wooded and so peaceful at night,amazing when you think of the area.Driving form the A2 was ok with just a couple of pinch points just be careful of the lengthy section of 20mph speed limits with speed camera's to boot. One pub which was nice in the September sunshine was the Woodman (or Wood something) about a 15 - 20m mins walk from the site.Its on the road directly opposite the run down looking hotel.Now why don't they build on that!

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Reviewed on 22/09/2021 23:39

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A tired looking site

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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

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Reviewed on 13/09/2021 18:02

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Please Note: The Finest Festival of Lights will be held on 19 November to 2 January, 5pm-10pm. Tickets on sale at Lightopia.

Remember, you only pay 12.5% VAT until 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.

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 stay. 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 are now fully open, however in order to continue to protect our staff, we do still require social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings in our reception areas for the time being.