Alexandra Park and Palace

Wood Green, N22 7AY

Time and patience are rewarded at Ally Pally

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Address:Wood Green, N22 7AY
Map:See Alexandra Park and Palace on a map
Nearest Station:Wood Green
Opening Hours:

Open 7 day a week
365 days a year
All day long
About: Alexandra Palace is the iconic North London venue that offers everything you need for an event, along with the best panoramic views of London.

The People’s Palace has great transport links, located just off the M1 and M25 and only 10 minutes from London Kings Cross.

Ally Pally has been the centre of music, sport and events for over 130 years. The venue is bursting with culture and heritage that no other destination in London can offer.

The 7 acre Palace is surrounded by 196 acres of beautiful parkland, and grounds that boast a pub & restaurant,ice rink, boating lake, pitch & putt course, 1,500 free parking spaces and much, much more.

Try This...

Drive-In Film Club at Alexandra Palace

And you're off to the movies...
Take a segway ride through Ally Pally

Walking is so passé..

What's On

Starts on
Family Tree Live
Alexandra Palace, London
Time: Friday 9.30am - 6pm Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
Admission: £13 in advance, £15 on the door
Starts on
The Great British Tattoo Show
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London
Time: Sat: 11am - 10pm Sun: 11am - 6pm
Admission: Day pass: from £20; Weekend pass: from £25
Kaleidoscope Festival
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London
Time: From 1pm
Admission: Adults: from £39.50, Child: from £22

"Time and patience are rewarded at Ally Pally"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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Alexandra Palace has long been the setting for trade shows and family-friendly days out. Farmer’s markets, the ice rink and collector’s fares routinely attract thousands of visitors to this North London landmark.

As a concert venue, Alexandra Palace is huge, clocking the largest capacity of any locale in London at 10,400 people. This effectively translates as lengthy queues for the cloakroom, the toilets (especially if you’re a girl) and the bar, resulting in panic-stricken faces concerned they’re going to miss the main act, if not the entire performance by the time they’ve left their coat, powdered their nose and got a warm beer.

To top it all the bars don’t accept cash, instead tokens need to be bought first (that’s right, more queues), and then there’s the time spent calculating the necessary amount of tokens so as to not run out or be left with a heap of useless tickets at the end of the night.

Moaning aside, the sound quality is very good, and the standing area is so large that in spite of the masses it is possible to find a spot from where the band is visible, even if it does mean snaking around to the side of the stage.

The Phoenix Bar serves post-gig drinks – in exchange for conventional money, thankfully - and typical pub grub such as burgers, BLT’s and pies throughout the day, as well as a Sunday roast. This may be ideal for those spending a long day going around a model engineering exhibition, but unlikely to lure anyone who isn’t already paying a visit to Ally Pally due to its somewhat far flung location.

That being said, despite being situated atop a hill, buses from Wood Green travel to the main entrance. Even better are the specially-scheduled shuttles which operate for certain concerts, resulting in ten minutes of fun on a bus filled with revellers going to the same event.

Allow plenty of time, and the magnificence of the palace coupled with the main event will hopefully make all other matters slip into the background.

Leila reviewed Alexandra Park and Palace on Wed 15 Dec 2010

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