One of the campsites I use the most is Crystal Palace Caravan Club site and so I thought it was about time I did a review. The site is very popular, partly due to its location being that it is very convenient for those wanting to see the sights of central London.
Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site – The Facilities
Some basic information about the site follows. It used to be open all year round but in 2011 the Caravan Club took the decision that only one of its two London club sites (the other being Abbey Wood) should remain open over the winter. Since Abbey Wood is the only site of the two that has storage facilities for motorhomes and caravans it was decided to close Crystal Palace between early January and mid March.
Crystal Palace Caravan Club site has all the facilities you would expect. With a total of 126 pitches, 68 of which are hardstanding they can accept motorhomes up to 8.5 metres in length, caravans and even tents. Pitches have electricity and there is a very good motorhome service point next to the shower block for taking on fresh water, dumping grey water and emptying the toilet cassette. The shower block is of a very high standard, there are plenty of toilets, wash basins and showers. The shower cubicles themselves are a good size and have plenty of hooks. Another feature I like is that you can control the water temperature yourself which I much prefer to those showers where you the temperature is dictated to you and you have to press a button every 20 seconds to keep the water flowing. The shower block also has a laundry with good sized washing machines and dryers, and laundry prices are fairly typical for UK campsites. The site also has chargeable wifi but I never use this as I have an internet dongle with the service 3 that gives me 15GB a month for a fair price.
Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site – The Area
That pretty much covers the facilities of Crystal Palace Caravan Club site but what about the area around the campsite? Dog owners will love the fact that the site backs on to Crystal Palace Park which is a huge area you and your dog will love. Although the site itself has a small shop, decent sized supermarkets are a 15-20 minute walk away in the town of Crystal Palace itself. There is a small Tesco Metro but for the greatest choice there is a much larger Sainsbury’s.
The main attraction of Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site for most people is its proximity to London. From Crystal Palace bus station you can catch the number 3 bus which passes through Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and finally ending up close to Oxford St. The bus runs through the night, becoming the N3 night bus. Crystal Palace also has a train station with trains to Victoria where you can then connect to anywhere in London via the underground network.
Prices at Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site are also reasonable, especially for Caravan Club members. Prices are calculated by adding together a pitch price and then for the number of adults, children and pets you have. Depending on the time of year the pitch price at time of writing was between £5.20 and £9.50 per night. Each adult is then chargeable between £5.40 and £7.60 with children costing between £1.55 and £3.10. Not being a dog owner I cannot confirm what they charge for pets and I could not find this information on the website either. Membership of the Caravan Club is £40.00 per year plus a joining fee of £7.50 which is waived if you pay by direct debit. Non UK residents can also join The Caravan Club and if you are planning to spend any time in the UK you will quickly save the cost of membership by getting the cheaper members rates.
In summary Crystal Palace Campsite is a great London campsite, perfectly situated for visiting the city centre. It’s green enough that you might not realise how close to London you are as the site is so peaceful. For more information visit the Crystal Palace Caravan Club Site webpage.