9 Best Things To Do In Bromley, England

best things to do in bromley uk

Bromley may not be the most popular district of London amongst tourists but it’s one of its major metropolitan centers and the largest borough by area. Easily reached by train, it’s one of the chosen shopping destinations for Londoners, as well as a quick escape from the crowds. There are plenty of hotels and vacation rentals available as well if you’re not sure where to stay. Even though it is more relaxed and quiet than the center of London, Bromley has plenty of attractions to visit and activities to do. Here are some of the best things you can do in Bromley:

1. Visit Down House

Down House, Downe, Kent
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What’s so special about a house? Well, this particular house was nothing less than the family home of Charles Darwin. It was there that Darwin wrote “On the Origin of Species”, the book that shaped a whole new world. In Down House, you’ll be able to wander through the gardens where Darwin’s ground-breaking ideas came to him and to see his and his wife’s recreated room. You’ll have the chance to get an interactive multimedia tour around the house and immerse yourself in the place where Charles Darwin grew old and wiser.

Down House

Address: Luxted Rd, Downe, Orpington BR6 7JT, UK

Price: from 7.10 GBP

Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm.

Contact: +44 0168 985 9119

Website: Down House

2. Go to Crystal Palace Park

Mantellodon in Crystal Palace Park
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ian Wright used under CC BY-SA 2.0

This park has a very rich history. It was built and designed to be the location for the enlarged Crystal Palace of the Great Exhibition in 1851. The main purposes of the place were to impress and educate, but also to lure foreign eyes to marvel at its beauty.

The park hasn’t failed to serve those purposes until today and it’s considered one of the most important parks in Britain. It has recently become the home to the National Sports Centre and it has plenty of things to see, from model dinosaurs dating back to the Victorian age, to a children’s farm and a maze. It is definitely a must-see.

Crystal Palace Park

Address: Thicket Road, London SE19 2GA, UK

Opening Hours: 7:30am-9:30pm

Website: Crystal Palace Park

3. Explore the Chislehurst Caves

Chislehurst Caves Chapel
Source: Photo by Flickr user Loz Pycock used under CC BY-SA 2.0

These man-made caves date all the way back to the thirteenth century and have been the focus of archaeological studies for more than a century. It is considered that they were made by the Druids, Romans, and Saxons, and they have been used for different purposes throughout the years. These caves were dug and used as chalk and flint mines; they were an ammunition depot and a mushroom cultivation site; they were an air raid shelter which grew into an underground city with thousands of residents during the World War II; they were used as a concert venue where artists such as David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Pink Floyd performed. These caves have been, done and seen many things, and are now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. Don’t miss it.

Chislehurst Caves

Address: Caveside Cl, Old Hill, Chislehurst BR7 5NL

Opening times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Prices: from 4 GBP

Website: Chislehurst Caves

4. Shop at the Glades

Glades exterior
Source: Photo by user Teambrom used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Located right in Bromley town center, The Glades is a medium-sized shopping mall where southeast Londoners go to for a stroll or a shopping spree. It has all the large stores like M&S and Debenhams, a great choice of restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere, which allows you to shop comfortably. It’s also a great place to avoid the rain and browse through a variety of popular shops.

The Glades

Address: High St, Bromley BR1 1DN

Opening times: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Thurdays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Website: The Glades

5. Get some fresh air at Church House Gardens

Church House Gardens, Bromley
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These beautiful gardens are the perfect place to spend the rest of your afternoon after you’re done with your shopping at The Glades. With landscaped walks through old trees and a canal side walk, this is where you should go to if you’re looking for a chance to get in contact with nature. The gardens have a recently enlarged play area for children with sand pits and slides, where both the big and the little ones can have fun. As it is very hilly, it is a great place to get some exercise with a beautiful view.

Church House Gardens

Address: Church House Garden Lodge Church Road, Bromley BR2 0EG

Website: Church House Gardens

6. Discover Crofton Roman Villa

Internal View of Crofton Roman Villa
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ethan Doyle White used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The Crofton Roman Villa is the ideal place to visit for the archaeology lovers. The house is said to have been occupied from about AD 140 to 400 as the center of a farming estate of about 200 hectares (500 acres). In its roundabouts, you’d find farms surrounded by fields, meadows, and woods.

What remains of the ten rooms out of the 20 that it used to have, can be visited today, through a guided tour offered by an archaeologist. During your visit, you’ll have the chance to handle some of the Roman finds that have been discovered in the house and get access to graphic displays of the excavations. There are also activities for children.

Crofton Roman Villa

Address: Crofton Rd, Orpington BR6 8AF

Opening times: Wednesdays & Fridays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.

Prices: from 1.50 GBT

Contact: [email protected]

Website: Crofton Roman Villa

7. Wander around Jubilee Country Park

Jubilee Country Park
Source: Photo by user Andrew Bowden used under CC BY-SA 2.0

As a local nature reserve, you can expect to find beautiful woodlands and meadows where a variety of species get to live in a natural environment in this park. The Jubilee Country Park has 25 hectares (62 acres) of wildflower meadows, hedgerows and ancient woodland for you to explore.

Jubilee Country Park

Address: Thornet Wood Rd, London BR5 1DA

Website: Jubilee Country Park

8. Lose yourself at High Elms Country Park

High Elms Clock House
Source: Photo by user Dudley Miles used under CC BY-SA 3.0

High Elms is also a local nature reserve but larger. This park has 100 hectares (250 acres) of woodland for you to lose yourself in, plus a 60-hectare (150-acre) golf course. At High Elms Country Park you are free to enjoy the beautiful woodlands, formal gardens and wildflower meadows, but there’s also a nature center and a pretty nice café for you to have a relaxing time with friends and family.

High Elms Country Park

Address: Shire Ln, Orpington BR6 7JH

Website: High Elms Country Park

9. Get a farm experience at Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas tree farm - geograph.org.uk - 608682
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Callum Black used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Last but not the least, why not visit a farm while you’re in Bromley? After all, the place is the most rural borough of London! Christmas Tree Farm is a must for animal lovers on sunny days. You can feed llamas, pet rabbits, and bird watch. If it sounds good to you, imagine how it sounds to children? It’s one of the most loved places in Bromley to which adults come back to so that they can recall their best memories. Don’t miss the opportunity of creating some yourself.

Christmas Tree Farm

Address: Cudham Rd, Downe, Orpington BR6 7LF

Contact: +44016 8986 1603

Opening times: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Prices: from 2 GBP

Website: Christmas Tree Farm

Brilliant Bromley!

So, if you’ve already explored the most popular parts of London, why not get yourself on a train and visit Bromley? It definitely has something for everyone and little chance of disappointing.

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