Whether you’re travelling to London with young children or you’re simply an animal lover yourself, it’s well worth taking the time to explore some of London’s urban farms. Many visitors to the city assume that as London is big, bustling and extremely busy, that they’d need to head out into the countryside to see some of Britain’s best loved animals. With a number of farms and petting zoos within city limits and open to visitors, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Right in the heart of the capital, you’ll find a number of city farms, all with lots of animals and activities suitable for a wide range of ages. A trip to one of London’s farms is perfect for a family day out, as well as a fun way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny weekend. Here are some of the best to add to your itinerary when exploring London with children.
Spitalfields City Farm
Spitalfields City Farm is a great choice if you are exploring London with children, and it’s definitely somewhere that provides hours of entertainment. Visitors can check out favourite farm animals such as donkeys, chickens and sheep, as well as farm favourites Holmes and Watson the pigs. Entry to Spitalfields City Farm is free and events are held throughout the year so check their calendar before planning your visit.
Mudchute Park and Farm
Mudchute Park and Farm is set in East London on 32 acres of beautiful land, making it easy to get to from most hotels in London City. It offers a working farm, children’s nursery, education activities and stables. Plus, entrance is free. Mudchute Park and Farm offers everything you could want from a London farm and with over 100 animals on site, there’s lots to see and do.
Vauxhall City Farm
Vauxhall City Farm prides itself on bringing the countryside to the heart of London. It’s an idyllic escape for those who want to shut out city life for a day and get back to nature. Vauxhall City Farm is a registered charity, approved riding school and proponent of bringing the local community together. There’s always something fun going on at the farm and they cater for families, school trips and large groups.
Kentish Town Farm
Kentish Town Farm is thought to be the UK’s first city farm and it has remained popular since it was first opened. There are stables, allotments and gardens onsite as well as a range of farm animals. Visitors can meet geese, donkeys, horses and pigs.
A trip to one of London’s farms should be on any animal lovers agenda. Plus, they are a great way to get up close and personal with some of Britain’s most popular farmyard animals. If you’re staying at The Montcalm Royal London House, you’ll be able to visit any of those listed above with ease via public transport.