Alexandra Palace is a Grade II listed entertainment and sports venue in London, situated between Wood Green and Muswell Hill in the London Borough of Haringey. It is built on the site of Tottenham Wood and the later Tottenham Wood Farm. Originally built by John Johnson and Alfred Meeson, it opened in 1873 but following a fire two weeks after its opening, was rebuilt by Johnson. Intended as "The People's Palace" and often referred to as "Ally Pally", its purpose was to serve as a public centre of recreation, education and entertainment; North London's counterpart to the Crystal Palace in South London.
At first a private venture, in 1900, the owners planned to sell it and Alexandra Park for development. A group of neighbouring local authorities managed to acquire it. An Act of Parliament created the Alexandra Palace and Park Trust. The Act required the trustees to maintain the building and park and make them available for the free use and recreation of the public forever. The present trustee is the London Borough of Haringey, whose coat of arms shows lightning bolts depicting Alexandra Palace's pioneering role in the development of television.
Rehana Noor | Mar 10, 2018
Great place for family, friends. I go jogging here time to time and I love it. It's open and spacious and have fantastic views of Canary wharf. We have fun trying to spot London landmarks from here. They have a large ice rink, I've seen all ages go. They also have kids place at the back with a large pond/lake you can go boat riding. Be warned in summer queue for boat ride can be max 45 minutes. Two car parks so driving is easily accessible.
Dominic Percy | Feb 15, 2018
Great venue, good sound system and staff. Needs more people to scan tickets on entry to try stream line it more, stood outside for an hour even after doors waiting to get in. They have free buses from the venue back to the station, or £1.00 up the hill to the venue which is good as the walk takes about 30 minutes. Make sure you bring a £1 coin for it. Lots of food and drink on offer, as well as a bar. They have lots of toilets that are all well maintained and large enough to eliminate most queues. There is also a car park which is easy to get to at the bottom of the hill and is a short walk up to the venue.
Ciara B | Mar 29, 2018
The venue is amazing and there’s so much space in the centre while making it easy to get close to the stage. Navigation outside is another story since it impossible to drop off or pick up in a car or find any walkable landmarks. Still had a great time at the concert though and previous times I’ve been here.
Kimberley DIGHT | Mar 20, 2018
Went to see rag n bone man. Who is fab. Great voice, great songs, band also great. Would definitely go and see again. Ally Pally is an amazing place but not a venue for such an event. I would not go and see such a huge act like this again. Standing room only. It was a tight squeeze for us all to fit. People were pushing and moaning. If you tried to move about someone would be ready to shout and swear at you. One girl popped to the loo and then got a bit lost on her return, as she waded through the crowds a guy told her to f off and get out of the way. Such a shame as the gig itself was brill.
Matthew Bulat | Feb 18, 2018
I went here to do some ice skating. It is a very nice place to even come for a walk. The staff are really nice the ice rink is big enough to accommodate a lot of people. The price was acceptable bit too high but for few hours of skating it was alright. The transportation is very good there is a bus stop just outside, and free parking which is a rare sign. Overall I have enjoyed my experience at Alexandra Palace.
Miss Strawberry Cupcake | May 3, 2018
Easier if you book online. Penguins recommended for kids especially if it's their 1st time. Be prepared to hate it at first but you'll soon be sliding along with varying levels of ease. We now want to go back again. Toilets are clean. Lockers available but you don't get your money back with these. Cafe is nice with veggie options too. Staff on ice will help your children and you with skating if you ask them. Polite friendly staff.
Keval Nagaria | May 13, 2018
Alexander Palace is always great. Took my son to the park and the park has 2 bits to it, for smaller children and also for the bigger children, which is really nice!! They have a pond with plenty of ducks to feed. There is a little skateboard/bike park as well! We went on a hot day and there were plenty of ice-cream vans, which unfortunately we picked the wrong one!! The guy had no sauce apart from strawberry sauce, no sprinkles!! The ice-cream really just tasted like cold milk than ice-cream. The pub there is great, has an outdoor beer garden for hot days. We went for a picnic and there are plenty of different places to have it. Spoilt for choice!! Didn't use the ice-skating, but have used it plenty of times in the past and it is a really big one and they also clean the ice regularly. Love this place!!!
Carolyn Brookland | May 12, 2018
I love the structure of this place, fantastic views seating outside, shuttle service from Wood Green tube station. We were there for Country Living show. Interesting building. Didn't get 5 stars as toilets are in direct need of renovation and a good clean 😕
Eros Tuladhar | May 7, 2018
Very nice park with ample parking and lots to do. It's a great place to take the dogs for a walk or have a picnic with the family. The palace itself has an ice rink and there are other attractions like Go ape, farmer's market, botanical garden, boating rentals, etc. just to name a few.
Tina Pullen | May 17, 2018
I went to the Get Crafting at Ally Pally show in April. I've been several times to this event in the past few years & each time I've been the Alexandra Palace Staff have all been most friendly & helpful. They have a ticketed cloakroom which is handy for depositing your coat, bags or trolley to save you having to lug them round in the show! There are plenty of public toilets. There's also several food kiosks to buy hot meals in the main event hall & a couple of eateries in the Palm Court or you can bring your own food & sit at the tables provided in the main event hall. They'll stamp the back of your hand with ink if you want to go outside in the Palace grounds to eat (if the weather's nice enough) & you show your stamped hand to get back in!
Siobhan Renshaw | Jun 13, 2018
Ally Pally will always be amongst the top reasons I am grateful for where I live. The palace has a diverse range of brilliant events on every year, from music concerts to darts competitions and tattoo events, all the way through to knitting and stitching and antiques shows. I also love the fact that they still let you walk around inside the palace grounds even when they are not open for events which, for me, really does make it the people's palace. The pub is decent and has nice staff that are super welcoming and friendly to dogs too, not to mention incredible views to take in of London. The pub could, however, do with adding vegan options to the menu as they currently only have basic side dishes that are vegan. The ice rink is nice and reasonably priced but staff need to be better trained to demonstrate due care to the skaters as I have had to point out potentially serious hazards (people with poorly tied up skates, kids skating the wrong way) on numerous occasions, as well as people likely to do themselves as injury due to the dangerous techniques they were using to get about on the ice. The staff seem not to notice. The grounds are, overall, really nice with rose beds and other attractive planted areas and there are plenty on places to sit and enjoy a picnic. They do need to be more conscientious, however, about emptying bins as on busy weekends they seem to overflow on to the grass which really spoils it for everyone. The boating lake makes for a fun half an hour but is very poorly run. They have a crazy system of using the same queue for the boating lake cafe and boating hire tickets. This often means you have to wait over half an hour to order a coffee or pay for boat hire, then perhaps up to another half an hour for your boat to be ready. The part of the boating lake from which you get life jackets for kids is staffed by very young, badly trained and, at times, impolite staff. They have demonstrated laziness in equipping kids with the right size life jackets, expecting them instead to uncomfortably squeeze into jackets that are clearly too small to save them getting the appropriate size unless you really put your foot down and demand the correct size. They have also been rude when asked why, for example, the screen displaying waiting times for boats has suddenly increased displayed length of wait. Alexandra Palace as a whole could benefit from a management rethink with a focus on improving staff training as it is largely only poor management that is spoiling this wonderful place.
Edwin Chappell | Jun 5, 2018
A glorious building and an ideal exhibition venue as a lot of natural light keeps the main exhibition hall bright and airy. Parking is available but is down the hill, so try to go to an event where they are laying on a free bus shuttle service. Good toilet facilities for an exhibition facility. Catering can be rather pricey but the food is not bad.
Paul Hook | Jun 17, 2018
It's OK. Acoustics aren't great here. Add to that the fact it's miles from anywhere and the queues for bar and toilet are long and you get what has become my least favourite London venue. Would have to be an exceptional band to get me to even consider booking here again I'm afraid. That said, it's a lovely building and the food and drink area outside arena is quite nice.
Bhakti Parmar | Jun 30, 2018
I absolutely love this place. It's my happy place. They have amazing fests and events going on from time to time. A stunning view. They've got a skate park, mini lake you can go boating, deer park, nice area you can have a picnic. Sometimes in the summer they have an outdoor cinema which is awesome. I've been going there since I was a toddler. I don't think I'll be stopping any time soon.
Paulo T | Jun 22, 2018
This is a great place with a stunning view of the city!! There are many things to do in a spacious interior, which is at times slightly crowded. However, it is a great place for kids and young adults alike! My only complaint would be security who refused to open the gate for us for an entire 20 minutes - we had planned an event, fully booked in advance, yet when we arrived in the minibus, they said there were complications, which took ages to sort out... I'm sure this is likely to be an uncommon occurrence and we were just unlucky on the day. But it was still pretty annoying at the time.
Neil Smither | Jun 29, 2018
One of London's biggest and grandest ice rinks. Reasonable hire prices with cafe and facilities. Alexander palace does a whole lot more than this, including music concerts, ice hockey, fairs and summer fun. Check their website Personal experience, it's worth the 15 miles or so to get my two children there, who love it to bits.
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