Alexandra Palace or “Ally Pally” in North London has a range of family-friendly activities to show for including ice skating, Go Ape, soft play and a public playground. After getting some fresh produce from the farmer’s market and enjoying the view from Ally Pally, we went off to explore the local playground right next to the main building.
In order to get to the playground behind the palace building, you have to cross a very busy car-park which felt chaotic despite wardens doing their best to direct traffic. Strange that they haven’t been able to integrate the green area with the main building without having to cross a parking lot… Then on the other side, for people arriving by car (unlike us) it might be convenient.
Unfortunately, the playground itself felt quite tired, with dated equipment and concrete structures. My guess would be that nothing much has been updated or changed for at least 30 years. Nothing wrong with a well-used local play area that lacks a bit of paint here and there, but for an area that attracts thousands of visitors every month we had expected more.
Luckily, kids don’t really bother whether the slide is brand new or from the 80s, and they really enjoyed the long slide which is the big centrepiece of the playground that all the kids flock to, young and old.
For our 2-year old the toddler area felt quite uninspiring and basic, with four crowded swings and a small slide.
With all the kids flocking to the big slide you had the usual issues with some kids jumping the queue, older kids running over smaller kids etc.
We didn’t sit down to enjoy the Lakeside Cafe just next to the Playground but took the time to feed the ducks. Even if we were a bit disappointed with the playground we had a great day out at Alexandra Palace, thanks to the many types of activities in the area.
Attractions close to Alexandra Palace Playground
At Alexandra Palace, you can enjoy the all-year ice rink, the Go Ape treetop course as well as a dinosaur soft play area. We very much enjoyed the very popular local farmers market where we picked up our dinner and also had lunch. Further, towards central London, you can enjoy Hampstead Heath not too far away, with the fantastic Parliament Hill Playground and visit London’s first city farm, Kentish Town Farm.
Getting to the Playground
Website: Alexandra Palace official website