Culture in Croydon: Unmissable things to do

Drag Queen in front of Croydon Tramlink

Explore the London Borough of Culture for 2023, for a year-long celebration of arts, culture, and creativity. From fantastic food to famous concert halls, come with us as we celebrate eclectic and vibrant Croydon.  

Getting around Croydon 

Fancy a tram ride? 🤩 Whether you are new to them, or it has been a while since your last trip, we have got you covered. Check out our travel tips including how to pay your fare and stay safe. 😎

💡 Did you know? Using the Hopper fare, you can take unlimited tram and bus journeys for £1.75 within one hour of your first touch-in. Make the most of your visit to Croydon! 

A tram passes a busy high street in Croydon
A tram passes a busy high street in Croydon

Discover the local art scene 🤩

🚊 George Street Tram Stop (for RISE Gallery and Turf Projects) 

Croydon has an ever-expanding art scene with a variety of art galleries and spaces that are worth a visit!  

📍 Turf Projects, an artist-run space located in the Whitgift Shopping Centre. They host free exhibitions and creative workshops throughout the year that are open to all ages and skill levels. 

📍 Art enthusiasts can visit the Museum of Croydon, which features free exhibitions. The museum aims to showcase Croydon’s diversity through art, history, and cinema. 

Get a glimpse into Croydon’s History 

🚊 George Street Tram Stop (for Museum of Croydon) 

📍 Croydon Council was gifted Anglo-Saxon objects found in the area by ancient Chinese ceramics. Discover the vast collection of historical artefacts on permanent display and delve into archives of published materials, such as newspapers and photographs, to get a feel of the borough’s past. 

The music of Croydon’s past and present

🚊 George Street Tram Stop (for Queen’s Gardens) 

To celebrate Croydon’s year as the London Borough of Culture, explore the town’s diverse musical history with the Croydon Music Heritage Trail.

👉🏽 Starting in the Queen’s Gardens learn about Croydon’s iconic venues such as The Star (now The Broad Green Tavern) where Jimi Hendrix once climbed through a back window to perform! 😲
👉🏽 Explore the hometown of Grime legend Stormzy and hear how his philanthropic projects have benefitted the community. 🙌🏽
👉🏽 Pass by the legendary BRIT School boasting an impressive list of alumni from Amy Winehouse to Adele. ✨

Download the app to get exploring the sights and sounds of Croydon’s music history.  It’s available until March 2024.

Catch a show in Croydon 

🚊 Wellesley Road Tram Stop (for Fairfield Halls) 

📍 Although renowned as a classical concert hall, the famous Fairfield Halls also hosts a variety of theatre performances, comedy and ballet. There’s something for everyone, so see what’s on ahead of your visit!

Take a walk in nature 🐞🦋

🚊 Coombe Lane or Lloyd Park Tram Stop (for local green spaces) 

🚊 Harrington Road Tram Stop (for South Norwood Country Park) 

Croydon borough has an epic amount of green space just waiting to be explored!

📍 Fantastically accessible with two tram stops within walking distance is Coombe Wood and Gardens. Get lost among its calming woodland and wander the winding paths through rock gardens and flamboyant florals.  

📍 Reconnect with nature with a visit to South Norwood Country Park, famous for its wildflowers and wildlife-friendly wetlands. Or stretch your legs in the vast open fields of Lloyd Park, perfect for a lengthy dog walk or late summer picnic! 🧺🥪

Where to eat in Croydon

🚊 East Croydon

📍No trip to Croydon would be complete without a visit to one of its liveliest meet-up locations, Boxpark. Home to nearly 100 food and drink vendors, try not to be overwhelmed by the delicious smells of cuisine from every corner of the globe. This multi-purpose space also hosts sports events, movie screenings, spoken word and comedy nights, and live music. 

Discover more of London’s culture 

Discover more Croydon’s events on the This is Croydon website.

Find cultural things to do with Time Out’s interactive map of our network. Explore 800 Time Out-recommended museums, galleries, street art and more, near a TfL station! 

Using Trams 🚉

Find out more about getting around using Trams including fares

Plan more journeys 

Plan your journey with our Journey Planner or use TfL Go when you’re on the move 📲  

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