Spent hours Googling children's 'farms near me'? Look no further! Come rain or shine a family trip to the farm - be it local or further afield - is always a bundle of fun. Whether your little ones want to see some adorable, fluffy bunnies, pet some cheeky guinea pigs or even wander amongst flocks of chickens and geese, our pick of the top 15 farms in or near London will have the whole family feeling like Old MacDonald. Don your wellies, don’t forget your cameras and hop on down to these family-friendly farms! There's endless benefits to taking time out to visit your local farms; they are a great way to encourage children to understand where our food comes from and why animals are so important, children have the opportunity to be hands-on and partake in interactive experiences, they aid general exploration and discovery, and they are typically free - so a day trip to the farm won't break the bank!
Lewis of London
Based in Barnet, Lewis of London is the free, local gem you didn’t know you needed until now! With free parking on-site and baby-changing facilities, Lewis of London farm makes for a perfectly simple day out. Don’t forget to grab a homemade ice-cream or two after all your exploring - we recommend the chocolate!
Woodlands Farm Trust
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Woodlands Farm Trust - the 89-acre working city farm in Welling. Complete with all your favourite farm animals - pigs, sheep, white cattle, Shetland ponies, guinea pigs, chickens and more, let your little ones roam wild around this unique city farm. With its Stick Man trail, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book and perfect for kids aged 3-7, plus the Young Farmers Club aimed at older kids aged 11-18, there’s endless entertainment to be had here! If you're a local parent there's also a weekly drop-in toddler club with toys and crafts galore!
Hackney City Farm
Head back into London to get up close and personal with Hackney City’s flock of farmyard animals. Don't be fooled by its rather unusual location - Hackney City Farm is the happy home to loads of free ranging chickens, donkeys, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats and even fluffy sheep! Plus, with frequent pottery classes, beekeeping talks and even the opportunity to get stuck in mucking out, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. Don’t forget to head to the delicious Italian cafe on-site to sample some of their homegrown veg - mmm!
Aldenham Country Park
A big Kidadler favourite, Aldenham Country Park is one of North West London’s hidden gems! Head over to the farm where you’ll find plenty of farmyard animals, have the opportunity to ride on a pony, pet smaller fluffy animals including rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs and even feed them for just £3! Spot all sorts of birds including ducks, geese and majestic swans as you cycle, scoot or stroll around the woodlands. Afterwards you can even head over to 100 Aker Wood, the home of Winnie the Pooh and pals to see some familiar, furry faces! We've heard that if you wait around until 2pm, Winnie the Pooh himself makes an appearance at the entrance to the playground - so don't forget your cameras!
Crystal Palace Park Farm
Just a stone’s throw away from Crystal Palace station, Crystal Palace Park Farm is a must-visit farm for many reasons. After you’ve strolled amongst the dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park, head over to the free farm where you’ll be greeted by a range of animals. It’s a perfect place to ease children into greeting animals, with friendly pigs, Shetland ponies, chickens and fluffy sheep on offer. For the braver amongst the bunch, head inside into the reptile house where kids will be wide-eyed with wonder as they spot slithering snakes, lizards and even giant slugs!
Golders Hill Park
Not technically a children’s farm, but we just couldn't resist including Golders Hill Park! With its large expanse of greenery, it’s the perfect place for a picnic and some animal spotting. Golders Park is home to a large pond with both black and white swans, a deer park, butterfly house and even a small but free zoo where you can meet exotic birds and mammals including laughing kookaburras and ring-tailed lemurs - so there’s no shortage of animal fun here!
Belmont Children’s Farm
The recently refurbished Belmont Farm in North London's Mill Hill is a great children’s farm that’s home to 30 different animal varieties! Open 7 days a week, learn where milk comes from when you meet the cows, hop on the tractor and trailer ride (which runs every hour and costs an extra £2.50) and get a glimpse of the wider farm and even meet the ponies, sheep and little piglets! Don't forget to stop by at The Belmont Farm Field Kitchen where you can relax and munch on the sweet treats on offer.
Kentish Town City Farm
Kentish Town City Farm is not only London’s first ever city farm but it is also completely free and open 7 days a week! Now you might have spotted this children’s farm if you’re a frequent commuter on the Overground, but now’s your chance to meet the animals in person (plus it’s super easy to get to on public transport). Kentish Town City Farm is home to horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, a cow and free-ranging geese & chickens, and you’re free to wander around at your own pace making it great for all the family.
Freightliners City Farm
With the mission of spreading happiness and joy by welcoming visitors free of charge, Freightliners City Farm just had to make our top 15! This urban space in Islington keeps a range of farm animals including cows, sheep goats and poultry and many of them are rare and traditional breeds, helping the diversity across national herds. Don’t forget to stop by the shop and snag some homegrown delights, including on-site honey and eggs!
Stepney City Farm
Stepney City Farm, located in the heart of Tower Hamlets, London, has been going for 40 years and is a small but mighty three-acre working farm. This rural oasis is not only home to some furry friends (including donkeys!) but prides itself on its educational value, with an array of incredible initiatives taking place throughout the year. Stepney City Farm take their growing seriously - see if you can spot their magnificent, colourful allotments as you wander around the farm!
Vauxhall City Farm
Amongst the hustle and bustle and nestled between Vauxhall and Oval Underground stations lies Vauxhall City Farm. Injecting some rural life into the city, Vauxhall City Farm has managed to pack in everything from Shetland ponies and guinea pigs to turkeys and even alpacas! Plus, there’s a lovely duck pond located next to The Old Dairy Café and Farm Shop where you’re free to watch the ducks whilst you enjoy a delicious lunch.
Whose childhood is complete without a visit to the infamous Willows Farm? This family farm based in St Albans provides endless farmyard attractions for all ages and interests! Whether your mini farmers want to pet some furry friends, take a ride on Tristan the Runaway Tractor, pine for gold, get comfy in the Peter Rabbit theatre or wander through the larger animal fields, one thing’s for sure - there won’t be any mooo-dy faces by the end of your trip.
Deen City Farm
Head south of the river and explore Deen City Farm in South Wimbledon - a five-acre piece of countryside in the city. From paddocks to pens, catch a glimpse of the beautiful birds in the aviary, pet some cheeky rabbits, play around with the ferrets and even get to know the farm cats! Plus, most of the fields and stables are largely wheelchair accessible meaning all the family can get involved in the farmyard fun!
Hounslow Urban Farm
Struggling to find unique farms near London? Labelled ‘London’s Best Interactive Farm’, Hounslow Urban Farm in West London is ideal for a family fun day away from the city centre - and there's free parking (win). Home to everything from snakes and lizards to hamsters and goats, there’s certainly loads of variety here and it’s bound to please the whole family. With a number of exciting, interactive events happening every day, including a Pig Meet and Greet (yes, you read that right!) and Owl Displays, this is one of the most unique children’s farms out there - don’t forget your cameras!
Spitalfields City Farm
Last but certainly not least, Spitalfields City Farm brings the country feel to East London. After you’ve strolled around Brick Lane, wandered through the vintage markets and stopped off to feast on some epic street food, take a trip to Spitalfields City Farm - a community space open 6 days a week. Visit the Bug Hotel (apparently there’s free Wi-Fly), hop about with the adorable rabbits and ferrets and come face to face with the impressive goats and donkeys. Don’t miss the annual Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race taking place on 29th March, where two goats will go head to head. Please note entry to the farm that day is ticketed only.
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