Crystal Palace’s famous concrete dinosaurs are free to roam around, as a bridge has been installed to their isolated island in a lake.

At the moment, the infamously badly designed dinosaurs are isolated on an island at the southern end of Crystal Palace, and while their lake location protects them from casual damage, it also makes close up visits very difficult.

The newly installed, and lockable Dino Bridge will make it possible for the Friends society to start running tours and letting people get up close to the dinosaurs. They estimate that the new bridge would allow them to run tours for around 1,200 people per year.

The dinosaurs and the island are currently on the national Heritage at Risk register.

Sadly, one of the dinosaurs suffered what was thought to be vandalism last May, although I am now told that it was general wear and tear.

Below is a short video of the installation from the Friends of the CP Dinosaurs.

Updated – some edits following feedback from the Friends society.


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  1. Actually, not the first time! Back in the day, when my daughter was small, at least some of the dinosaurs were in another area of the park – I forget exactly where – and you could climb on them, which my daughter and other small children enjoyed doing. This was 35 years ago and more, by the way. The miniature zoo was on the island where the dinosaurs are now, I think. There was a lovely book by Leila Berg called Looking for Elephants which was published in 1977 about the dinosaurs in the park, with photos of real children clambering about on them.

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