Today Dulwich is home to one of the last ‘villages’ in London. Words commonly used to describe Dulwich Village are picturesque, quaint, charming, historic and scenic.
Housing stock is made up of handsome Georgian homes to Victorian and Edwardian family homes, as well as homes from the 1920’s and 1930’s including the chocolate box pretty Roseway cottages. There are also a few post war and modern developments scattered throughout the Village area and wider Dulwich area.
Distinctive aspects of Dulwich Village include the hanging baskets from cast iron posts, traditional fingerpost signposts, white wooden posts, and the Old Graveyard in Dulwich Village.
Dulwich Village benefits from a selection of small independent and boutique shops. Dulwich enjoys close proximity to the centre of London (approximately 5 miles from Trafalgar Square) yet with the peacefulness and serenity of a leafy Home Counties parish.
West Dulwich is the part of Dulwich to the west of where Dulwich College is situated and has some very attractive residential roads and a small shopping parade at the junction of Park Hall Road and Croxted Road.
The area has always been sought after for its good range of housing stock with some of the largest houses in the area in Alleyn Road and Alleyn Park and smaller (although still quite large in some cases) Edwardian and Victorian houses in many of the surrounding roads.
There is also a very good selection of more modern developments, mainly built by Wates in the 1960’s and 70’s, some just off Alleyn Park, and a large development between Rosendale Road and Croxted Road. Pubs include the Alleyns Head and the Rosendale, and there are more shops on Rosendale Road.
West Dulwich is particularly attractive to families due to the proximity of the schools, the good shopping facilities and the transport links.
The Dulwich Estate
One of the reasons Dulwich has such a unique and distinctive character has a great deal to do with ‘The Dulwich Estate’.
The Dulwich Estate is a registered charity and runs the Scheme of Management which has a great deal of influence and what can and can’t be built in Dulwich.
Dulwich has an unusually high concentration of highly sought-after state and independent schools.
If you’d like to explore, we’ve rounded-up a representative list of the top state and independent schools in and around Dulwich.
Trains To Central London
Dulwich is an oasis of calm in South East London yet is a mere 5 miles from Central London. Its two railway stations provide good links into Central London, the City, Docklands and beyond.
North Dulwich Railway Station
North Dulwich Rail Station is just outside the Village on Red Post Hill and is served by trains operated by the Southern train network.