Dulwich Park Area – Outer (South) London

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Dulwich Park is a 72 acre park near Dulwich Village in, south London. The park was created by the Metropolitan Board of Works from former farmland and meadows. The initial design was by Charles Barry  and  was opened in 1890 by Lord Rosebery. In 2004–6, the park was restored to its original Victorian layout, following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dulwich Picture Gallery is an art gallery and is  almost opposite the Park, and is  England’s first purpose-built public art gallery. It was designed by Regency architect Sir John Soane and opened to the public in 1817. Soane arranged the exhibition spaces as a series of interlinked rooms illuminated naturally through skylights – a concept that had an enduring influence on art gallery design. The gallery houses one of the country’s finest collections of Old Masters, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from Tudor times to the 19th century.

Dulwich is worth a visit if you are in the area and the weather is reasonable as there  are a number of areas worth photographing as you tour the area, with Crystal Palace not too far away.

Map of the area

This is quite a big area to cover, and my route starts at North Dulwich station and then goes down Red Post Hill towards Dulwich village and then to College Road, which takes you to Dulwich Picture gallery.  – a distance of about 1 kilometer. I then turn into the park and exit from its south easter exit onto  the A205 Dulwich Common. I then turn right and head towards West Dulwich station and stop off by Dulwich College.  This is about a mile, but there are buses that go along this route.

Photos  © Philip Carey 2010