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Croydon town guide

Croydon, a busy town to the south of London within the M25, is a major shopping and business centre in its own right. The town expanded greatly in the middle of the twentieth century as part of the policy to move people and offices away from the centre of London.

In spite of this expansion Croydon still retains a number of attractive parks and open country is not that far away.

The recently opened Tramlink system provides good connections from the centre of Croydon to many of the nearby centres including Wimbledon the home of Lawn Tennis and scene of the famous championship competition.

Of interest to the visitor to Croydon is Croydon Palace. The building is 1000 years old being the former residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury. You can take a Guided tour to view the 15th Century Great Hall, Tudor Long Gallery, Chapel, Norman Undercroft and the bedroom used by Queen Elizabeth 1st.

In its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s Croydon airport was London's International Airport. This was the first purpose built international airport. There is now a visitor centre where you can recapture the atmosphere of the airport in three galleries, one of which recreates the original radio room.

Use of a hire car will allow the visitor access to the many other attractions within easy reach of Croydon, the south coast at Brighton being less than an hour on a good day. Gatwick airport is not far south of Croydon, mostly along the M23 motorway.

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