Attractions in and around North London
A guide to the best things to do and attractions in North London, including visiting Camden Passage, Highgate Cemetery, Alexandra Palace and the Emirates Stadium.
Set in a large hillside park with fine views over London, "Ally Pally" opened in 1873 as a Victorian "people's palace" that at its peak attracted 70,000 visitors a day. Closed in 1889, it was later taken over by the BBC who made the world's first television broadcast from here in 1936. Today it is used for exhibitions, performances and sports events, and you can also have fun visiting an ice rink, boating lake and deer enclosure.
Once devoted to antiques, this small run of narrow lanes near Angel is today home to a range of specialist shops that are supplemented by market stalls every Wednesday and Saturday. Vintage clothes, period crockery, Japanese prints, African waistcoats, designer wools, high quality chocolates-- it's all worth a browse and there are also several pubs and cafés where you can get a drink and a bite to eat.
Founded in 1886, Arsenal Football Club has been a major feature of North London life since 1913. Known as "The Emirates", its current, 60,000-capacity ground opened close to Holloway Road in 2006. Sports fans can visit the memorabilia-filled Arsenal Museum and take an hour-long stadium tour - including a premium experience led by a team "legend" such as Charlie George or Perry Groves.
The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Eric Estorick was an American art dealer with a passion for 20th-century Italian art who established this elegant museum in Canonbury shortly before his death in 1993. As well as a permanent collection that includes key works by the Futurists, Modigliani and de Chirico, there are stimulating temporary exhibitions plus a small garden café and shop.
This atmospheric, Grade I-listed Victorian cemetery has many famous residents including Karl Marx, George Eliot and Beryl Bainbridge. It is split into two parts-- the easily accessed East Cemetery, which offers plenty of interest with its ivy-clad tombstones and poignant memorials, and the wilder West Cemetery which can only be visited on an hour-long guided tour. A map showing key graves is on sale at the entrance.
Set in a 20-acre park with a children's playground and sports facilities, this much-altered 16th-century manor house is now a large museum devoted to the history of Haringey and the borough's many famous residents - including Sir Rowland Hill, who reformed the British postal service, and the Hungarian David Gestetner, who invented the forerunner of the modern photocopier. A red-brick tower from 1516 somehow survives just beside the entrance, which was probably built to house hunting birds.
Opened in 2008, this impressive modern arts venue is at the forefront of the regeneration of King's Cross. Two concert halls, art galleries, a canalside restaurant and a lively programme of cultural events make it well worth visiting-- the interior of Hall One is faced entirely with oak veneer that came from a single, 500-year-old tree from Germany.
Little Angel Theatre
Founded in 1961, this 100-seat children's puppet theatre occupies an old temperance hall in Islington. It puts on lively, innovative shows that amuse and amaze both old and young audiences. Some performances are "baby-friendly", others aimed at two to five year-olds, the rest are for anyone aged six and older.
London Canal Museum
Originally built in 1863 for the ice cream-maker Carlo Gatti, this small and enthusiastically run King's Cross museum sits beside the Regent's Canal and still has a well once used to store ice shipped down from Norway. Exhibits on two floors tell the story of England's canals and the lifestyle they supported, and include some entertaining archive films. There is also a bookshop and an events programme with towpath walks and children's activities.
This delightful hillside park and arts venue in Highgate was given to the public in 1889 by the printing magnate Sir Sidney Waterlow. Its centrepiece is Lauderdale House, now a performance and exhibition space with a busy programme of cultural events and a restaurant. Ponds, gardens and a children's playground make this a popular spot for families, and the shops and restaurants of Highgate Village are close by.
Visiting Alexandra Palace, the National Hotel is only a short walk away
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Called the native home of TELEVISION and also famously used as an occasions space for public shows, events and sports, the magnificent Quality II detailed Victorian structure likewise houses an ice-rink, with daily skating sessions as well as night nightclubs. Site visitors can relax in bench & Kitchen, which has tables in the substantial Palm Court, outside balcony as well as beer garden. There is additionally a pitch & putt program, boating lake and normal Farmers Market to appreciate in the grounds. Look out for our Street Food & Craft Beer events over summer as well as a lot of other public events throughout the year.
Fireworks display at Alexandra Palace
Fireworks display in the grounds of the iconic Alexandra Palace
Enjoy two days of stunning fireworks displays and much more in the grounds of the iconic Alexandra Palace with sweeping views across London.
Alexandra Palace's annual sell-out Fireworks Festival marks Bonfire Night with a bang, offering something for all ages and attracting 50,000 visitors.
On top of the spectacular firework and laser show, you'll find a range of child-friendly activities including face painting, ice skating and a funfair. Tuck into seasonal food and drink from the stalls or raise a glass at the German beer festival, and catch an incredible Day of the Dead parade across the park.
iconic north London venue offers everything you need
The iconic north London venue offers everything you need for an extraordinary event or great day out with the benefit of some of the best panoramic views of London.
Check out the What's On section to see all the events on offer, or visit Things To Do to plan a great day out.
Alexandra Park first opened in 1863 and has a rich history of extraordinary milestones. Check out our interactive timeline to find out more. Did you know there used to be a racecourse called the Frying Pan at the bottom of the park?
Alexandra Palace opened in 1873, has survived two fires, hosted the first ever television broadcast and has seen millions of people experience extraordinary events for over the last 140 years! Take a look at our timeline to see some of the unbelievable events that have taken place at the Palace.
Ally Pally, as it is lovingly known, has an ambitious regeneration programme in progress to restore the Palace and open currently derelict areas of the site such as the Victorian theatre for the public to enjoy. Click here to learn more about the regeneration plans.
Did you know that all the money that is generated by commercial activity in the park and palace goes back in to restoring and maintaining Ally Pally, to share the past and celebrate, deliver extraordinary experiences at present and regenerate for the future?