Bromley offers a great array of parks and green spaces perfect for families, walkers, sports enthusiasts and… wild swimmers!
Whether you’re seeking a scenic escape, an opportunity to connect with wildlife, or a toddler picnic by a giant paddling pool, Bromley has options to suit everyone.
Here’s our handy list of some of the best parks in Bromley:
Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace Park is a vast expanse of greenery that caters to all ages. Families can explore the historic ruins of the old Crystal Palace, visit the small farm, get lost in the maze and enjoy the spacious playgrounds. At the bottom-end of the park are the world-famous life-size Victorian dinosaurs casually dotted around the lakes and neolithic rocks. For music lovers don’t miss the newly refurbished open-air concert bowl. The park offers ample parking facilities and a cafe, there is no entrance fee.
High Elms Country Park
The Country Park boasts picturesque landscapes, woodland trails, and formal gardens, making it ideal for scenic walks and picnics. It is a great place for wildlife enthusiasts, with diverse habitats supporting a wide range of animals and birds. The park has a carpark and there is no admission fee. However, some special events may have associated charges. There is a café but visitors can also bring their own refreshments and use the picnic areas.
Jubilee Country Park
Jubilee Country Park is a fantastic spot for families and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The park offers beautiful woodland walks, meadows, and ponds, providing habitats for various species of birds and butterflies. There are parking facilities available and, while there are no cafes within the park, nearby towns offer many refreshment options.
Church House Gardens
Located in the heart of Bromley town, Church House Gardens is a tranquil and charming park with well-maintained gardens, a play area, skate park and a paddling pool for young children to enjoy. Although parking is limited, there are nearby car parks available. The paddling pool gets very busy in warm weather so arrive early or check out the other paddling pool in nearby Croydon Recreation Ground in Beckenham.
Kelsey Park is a picturesque park renowned for its stunning lake, abundant wildlife, and beautiful flower displays. Families can explore the well-kept gardens, feed the ducks, participate in evening bat’s watches, enjoy the playground and a round of crazy golf or practice their tennis shots. There is no carpark, so you’ll need to scour local roads, but there is an obligatory ice-cream cafe situated near the lake which also serves coffees and light meals (chips!).
Beckenham Place Park
Beckenham Place Park is a gem nestled in the heart of Beckenham, offering a wide range of activities for families and nature enthusiasts. The park features extensive green spaces, woodlands, a lake, and even a swimming lake with lifeguards and paddleboarding lessons. There’s also a fantastic adventure playground for children. There are ample parking facilities, just make sure you pay before wandering off. When it comes to refreshments, the park boasts a vibrant bar and cafe, located within the restored Georgian mansion. It’s a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a beer in the evenings while taking in the park’s serene atmosphere… or the openair cinema. Or one of the many special events and activities including outdoor concerts, festivals, and guided nature walks.
Nestled within the Bethlem Royal Hospital grounds in Shirley lies a hidden gem known to only a few locals. A secluded area is open to dog walkers and offers a surprisingly huge expanses of green in the midst of suburbia. The secret grounds provide a serene setting for leisurely strolls with your furry friends, but it is essential to respect the privacy and tranquility of the hospital environment. Dogs must be well behaved and follow any specific guidelines. Parking facilities are limited so park up nearby or use public transport.
These grounds are primarily designed for dog walking and do not feature dedicated amenities such as cafes or playgrounds… BUT, there is an award-winning museum. The Bethlem Museum of the Mind is open to the general public just check the website first for opening times and details of the changing exhibitions.
Welcome to your new home in green and lush Bromley. There are green spaces, community benches and parks virtually every few roads, let us know if you find anywhere that we should add to our list. Happy exploring!