Alexandra Palace was first opened, to rave reviews, on 24 May 1873. Only 16 days later it was destroyed by fire. A redesigned Palace was built on the same site within two years, reopening to much fanfare on 1 May 1875.
The new Palace boasted a concert hall, theatre, circus, extensive dining areas, so that the venue could host entertainment for all on a grand scale. In the spirit of Victorian conscience, the Park and Palace also laid on educational shows too.
To celebrate this anniversary, we thought we’d introduce a few features you might not know about Alexandra Palace!
Unfortunately, the late 1800s wasn’t the last time fire changed the face of the Palace. Nevertheless, so many features of othe 1875 Park and Palace survive to this day and, of course, we continue our mission to maintain and improve the ‘People’s Palace’ for generations to come.
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Alexandra Palace is run by a charity for the benefit of everyone. We’re working harder than ever to keep you entertained, care for the award-winning park and run our creative learning programmes. But to ensure we’re here to do this now and long into the future, we need your help. Click below to find out how you can support us.