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The Best Things To Do In Croydon

If you’re travelling to London but don’t want to stay right in the centre, a great option for you could be Croydon. Located in the south of Greater London, it is far enough from London to escape the hustle and bustle while still offering plenty to do for tourists who base themselves here!

When it comes to eating and drinking, there are awesome cafes, bars, and markets while there is lots to keep the kids entertained too! While if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, you can find dinosaurs, eagles, and find out more about the world’s first international airport terminal (we’re not making it up, honest)!

So, let’s check out the top 10 best things to do in Croydon right now!

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Top Things to Do in Croydon

Let’s begin our list of the best things to do in Croydon with something that’ll enable you to see sights throughout the city. This relaxed tour of the city by bike will show you the best that South London has to offer, and you’ll get a taste for the small villages that built up London to what it is today. 

You’ll also get a chance to see the only remaining functioning waterwheel in the city, and a stop at a country pub! Beginner rider? No worries, your friendly host has designed the trip to avoid busy roads!

Cooking classes are one of the best ways to see a new city, and while it may not be British food, you’ll still be cooking something up that millions of Brits enjoy on a regular basis.

After being greeted with poppadoms and chutneys, Your friendly hosts will teach you to cook two delicious Indian dishes. You’ll also get take-home recipe cards, so you can impress your friends and family back home with your new skills.

Okay, Crystal Palace may not be the most glamourous Premier League club, but if you want to go to an old-school stadium with an awesome atmosphere, this will be right up your street!

See Wilfried Zaha’s skills and tricks in person, or cheer a Christian Benteke header into the net. One of the coolest parts of going to a Crystal Palace match is seeing Kayla the Eagle do a lap of the pitch before a game!

Free Things to Do in Croydon

Coombe Wood

If you love a walk in the park, you’ll be pleased to know that the South London Borough has plenty of green spaces. Don’t miss Coombe Wood, a gorgeous woodland in which picturesque gardens and a house are hidden. If you don’t mind splashing out just a little bit, you can enjoy coffee and a cake in the café on site. Go on, you’re on holiday!

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

When you think of London’s airports, Gatwick, Heathrow, maybe even Stansted will spring to mind. Croydon… not so much. However, the micro-museum celebrates the world’s first international airport terminal and the oldest air traffic control tower in the world! It stopped operating as an airport in 1959, but nowadays you can still visit on open days. This has to be on the itinerary for lovers of quirky museums!

Go for a stroll in Wandle Park

London is covered in parks, so if you’re looking to keep your costs down on your trip to the British capital, heading out for a walk is a great way to do so. Croydon is no different! The pleasant and quaint Wandle Park has plenty of spots where you can enjoy a picnic, a book, or even challenge some of the locals to a game of football! If you’ve remembered your skateboard, check out the skate park!

Unusual Things to Do in Croydon

Drawing with machines, robots & computer

If you’re looking to do something that you wouldn’t usually be able to, this drawing class with machines, robots, and computers could be right up your street. This exclusive, private experience will allow you to see your host’s design studio and give you the chance to bring your own digital art to life. You’ll also find out the best places to see digital art in London! 

See the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

If you’re wandering through the Crystal Palace Park, north of Croydon’s centre, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into Jurassic Park. That’s because it’s teeming with life-sized models of extinct animals. There are more than 30 statues in the park which represent dinosaurs such as the iguanodon and Megalosaurus! The models were fully restored at the beginning of the 21st century and given listed status.

Best Things to Do in Croydon with Kids

Visit the Museum of Croydon

Yeah, you know all about the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, but what history does Croydon boast? Well, actually, quite a lot!

Inside the distinctive clock tower of the museum, you’ll find a number of free exhibits including an art gallery with works from all across the borough. It also has Chinese ceramics which are more than 2,000 years old!

Shop at the oldest street market in London

Last but not least on our list of the best places to visit in Croydon, let’s take a trip to the oldest street market in London.

Surrey Street Market came before Portobello, Camden, and Brick Lane! Nowadays, it offers Caribbean and Asian food stalls during the week, while food and crafts are sold here on a Sunday! It’s another great place to visit with kids.

Final Thoughts on the Best Things to Do in Croydon

So, that concludes our list of the best things to do in Croydon. Whether you want to take in a Premier League football match, learn how to cook traditional Indian food, or just take a stroll through a leafy, green park, there’s something to do in Croydon for you!

If there’s anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments below!

For lots more top travel tips for London, check out Seen London. Our team of expert travel writers always know what’s going on – whether it’s the coolest places to find street food, the best museums to spend a day, or even just a cool park to relax in with a picnic. 4

We hope you have an amazing vacation in London!

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