Croydon Water Palace

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The Croydon Water Palace was an indoor water park complex that opened in 1990 on Purley Way in Waddon in the London Borough of Croydon, opposite Croydon Airport. It was part of the Purley Way retail development drive that occurred in the early 1990s, which also saw the creation of the Valley Park Retail Area.

The Water Palace experienced continuous financial difficulties and finally closed in 1996.[1] The Palace itself was renowned for poor health and safety, and several accidents were publicised in the local press. However this was not the main reason for the closing of the park.

Water Palace, Purley Way, Croydon 1990-1996

It featured water slides, a large jacuzzi area and a wave pool using an artificial wave making machine. There was also an on-site cafe.

The Water Palace was eventually replaced with The Colonnades leisure park in the late 1990s, featuring City Limits; an entertainment centre, with a restaurant, bar, arcade and bowling facilities.


  1. ^ "Croydon Kids Leisure Water Adventure". Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 18 July 2009.

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Coordinates: 51°21′22″N 0°06′54″W / 51.356°N 0.115°W / 51.356; -0.115