Croydon has excellent road, rail and air connections providing first class transport links to London, the UK and overseas. Bus services are extensive. We also have Tramlink, a 28 kilometre environmentally friendly light rail service which links with New Addington, Beckenham, Elmers End and Wimbledon.
Croydon offers a broad choice of residential property from town houses and modern apartments to prestige homes in countryside settings.
The council runs six nursery schools and early years centres, 94 primary schools, 23 secondary schools, six special schools and three colleges. Croydon Adult Learning and Training service (CALAT) provides a variety of adult education and business training courses to over 32,000 students each year. The Brit School is the only free performing arts school in Britain, catering for over 750 students aged between 14 and 19.
Croydon has a wide range of dining options, bars and nightclubs. All ages and tastes are catered for. We are one of the liveliest and best served centres of culture in the London area.
We have over 2,600 acres of parkland and open spaces. Our rich inheritance comprises over 120 parks and nature reserves offering the widest possible range of sports and leisure. The surrounding fields and woods of the North Downs provide a natural framework around the borough.
Croydon is home to Crystal Palace football club, who play at Selhurst Park. The council provides a very wide range of sports and recreational activities including four swimming pools. The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is one of the country's premier athletics stadia.
Croydon has two full championship golf courses, seven 8 hole courses, pitch and putt courses and driving ranges. Sailing and canoeing are available at South Norwood Lake. Croydon enjoys 20km of the London Loop and 34km of bridleway for horse riding and cycling.
Numerous fitness clubs and sports complexes thrive in central Croydon and around the borough. The Croydon Sports Partnership promotes and develops sport for young people and is one of the first initiatives of its kind in the UK.