Kentish Town City Farm
- North London’s Kentish Town City Farm is one of the best farms in London and offers a holistic country-style farm experience for families in the middle of a thriving city.
- Kids will love getting involved with sweet farm animals, learning how to horse ride and even developing gardening skills at this welcoming city farm.
- Enjoy exploring this fun-filled petting farm as a family, and giving back to a local community at this charity farm, which has been a critical site for community projects since its founding.
Kentish Town City Farm is a firm family favourite with parents and children alike. Established in 1972, and the UK’s first-ever city farm, Kentish Town Farm was created as a charity and community project, with local groups and volunteers converting an out of use timber yard into the flourishing farm that stands today. Other city farms now include Vauxhall City Farm and Spitalfields City Farm, both great options for families too.
Set in North London, and lying in between two railway lines, this unique patch of countryside in the middle of the city will make for an enthralling experience for kids who love animals, while parents can relax in the great outdoors. Kentish Town Farm provides an excellent opportunity for animal-loving kids to play with their favourite farm animals - whether your child wants to greet the goats, play with the pigs or see the ducks. Geese, horses, donkeys, cows, sheep and chickens also live at the farm, and children will adore visiting them.
The 4.5-acre farm also includes a beautiful garden, where vegetables such as sweet sugar snaps and pumpkins are grown, and features free-drop in sessions three days a week for your kids to develop some green fingers! Meanwhile, a trip to the farm’s wildlife pond will fascinate any child who loves learning about nature.
In addition, this wonderful community farm provides summer play schemes and horse riding lessons for children. Well priced pony and donkey riding sessions are available on weekends, perfect for any little budding equestrian. These take place at the farm’s very own riding arena, complete with views of the London skyline. Older children aged 8-15 years old can also participate in interactive summer play schemes. These two-day programmes run each summer, and include activities like feeding and putting animals to bed, in addition to arts and crafts, making this an ideal option for local children who adore animals.
Local children aged 8-15 also have the chance to join the farm’s prestigious Pony Club to hone their riding and horse care skills - great fun for any young horse enthusiast. The farm’s horse riding programme has been approved by the British Horse Riding Society and the Riding for the Disabled Association and is highly sought after. The farm also offers riding therapy to children with learning difficulties and physical disabilities and is fully accessible.
Kentish Town City Farm also runs projects and special events. In the past these have included weekend art classes for kids and apple bobbing at Halloween, making the farm an exciting and engaging place to visit!
What to know before you go
- Kentish Town Farm is accessible for those in wheelchairs and has accessible toilets, too.
- The farm is buggy friendly, making it perfect for families with younger children.
- Entrance to Kentish Town City Farm is free, and the farm is open 364 days a year from 9am to 5pm.
- Although Kentish Town City Farm does not have its own café, it is just a 15-minute walk away from Kentish Town High Street where there are plenty of places to eat. This includes chain restaurants like Wahaca and McDonalds and trendy, independent coffee shops like Saint Espresso and Kitchen. Bear + Wolf, a café with its very own playroom for kids, is also a 20-minute walk away from the farm and is an excellent option following a family day out at the farm.
- The garden drop-in sessions take place at 11am - 12pm on Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm on Wednesdays or 1 pm-3 pm on Saturdays, so make sure you come during these times if your kids are keen to participate in this exciting outdoor activity.
- There are no baby-changing facilities at Kentish Town City Farm.
- The closest Tube station to Kentish Town City Farm is Kentish Town, which is on the Northern line and is a 15-minute walk from the farm. There is also an Overground Station, for those wishing to take a train.
- Free parking is available on Grafton Road next to the farm. This applies all day during weekends, and from 11 am onwards during the week.
- Several buses will take you to Kentish Town City Farm. This includes the no. 24 bus which stops at Queen’s Crescent, just a six-minute walk from the farm. The C11 bus stops at Gospel Oak, which is less than 10 minutes by foot. The Kentish Town Road bus stop is a little further away, at around 15 minutes from the farm, but many buses, including the C2 and no. 134, stop there.