Dulwich Park has everything you could possibly want from a park: wide smooth paths for cycling, a small boating lake, a great playground, trees to climb, loads of open space and a lovely cafe.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
I learnt to ride a bike here as a child and have been back regularly ever since. Loads of beautiful space to run/scoot/cycle/kick a ball around, a great playground, ducks to visit, a (small) boating lake, cool recumbent bicycles to hire, a really nice cafe – what’s not to like? (by Ann Orton)
In the summer months there is the Luna Open Air Cinema which has family friendly showings. Whippersnappers at College Lodge (just inside the gates at the College Road entrance) run lovely events with a Fairyland in the summer and a Winter Wonderland at Christmas (by Deborah Witts).
Address: College Rd, London SE21 7BQ.
Playground: Yes, a great big playground with things to climb, swing on and slide down for all ages. Nice range of equipment to suit kids of all abilities and sizes.
Cafe: Yes – Dulwich Clock Cafe (https://www.colicci.co.uk/locations/dulwich-clock-cafe), complete with pizza oven imported from Italy serving hand made sourdough pizzas. All the food is sourced locally and the cakes are handmade on site. Also has the most amazing floor tiles (!). Opening times: Summer: 08:30 – 19:30 / Winter: 08:30 – 16:00
Toilets: Yes, within the cafe and by the main entrance. Can sometimes be a bit of a queue.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, very. Lots of wide smooth paths. The playground all includes wheelchair accessible equipment.
Parking: Parking is available inside the College Road entrance, either along the driveway or in the free car park. On busy days, especially weekends, the car park gets full and public transport is a better option.
Train: North or West Dulwich.
Bus: P4 College Road, P4, or P13 Dulwich Common.
Phone: Boating lake: 07902 258301; Café: 020 8299 1383; Francis Peek centre: 020 7708 5464; Cycle hire: 020 8299 6636.
Email: [email protected].
Dulwich Park is a 30.85-hectare (76.2-acre) park in Dulwich in the London Borough of Southwark. The park was created by the Metropolitan Board of Works from former farmland and meadows. While the initial design was by Charles Barry (junior), it was later refined by Lt Col J. J. Sexby (who also designed Battersea and parts of Southwark Parks). It was opened in 1890 by Lord Rosebery. In 2004–6, the park was restored to its original Victorian layout, following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Super cool recumbent bikes are available to hire – Available every day including bank holidays from 10am to 5pm or dusk if earlier, please contact London Recumbent Cycle Hire on 020 8299 6636.
Boating Lake: Offering children and family-sized pedalos and traditional rowing boats. Open weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, 10.30am – 5pm (weather permitting) April – October. Children are £2 each, adults are £4 each, for a duration of 30 minutes. No bookings required. Boating inquiries only: 07902 258301.
Tennis courts: Free of charge, just turn up and play.
Outdoor gym: Thirteen pieces of new outdoor gym equipment have been added to the park, all of which are free for the public to use.
Outdoor table tennis: Four tables are available in the play area.
There are limited bats and balls available in the cafe, and you are free to bring your own.
Review by Ann Orton