Exploring Spitalfields City Farm in London

Erin at Spitalfields City Farm

The O'Hallorans

The OHallorans

We’re made up of Lyndsey, John and Erin, who all love a new adventure. We try to get away as much as possible, especially during school holidays and variety is a must for us. That means staying anywhere from a luxury hotel to a hostel and it’s not often we go to the same place twice. 

Did you know there are farms in the city of London? There are close to 15 in London and most of them are free to visit. Take a look at what you can expect from Spitalfields City Farm.

Spitalfields City Farm welcome sign

Plan your visit

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 4.30pm, (last entry at 4pm). 

Entrance costs

Spitalfields City Farm has no entrance fee, therefore, general admission is free. There is no restriction on how long you can stay, so you could make a real day of it if you wanted to.

Spitalfields City Farm map


Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London E1 5AR

Nearest tube stations

Although there are no tube stations on the doorstep of Spitalfields City Farm, there are plenty of choices within a short walking distance. 

  • Shoreditch High Street – 8-minute walk
  • Bethnal Green (Mainline) – 8-minute walk
  • Whitechapel – 10-minute walk
  • Aldgate East – 15-minute walk
  • Bethnal Green (Tube) – 15-minute walk
  • Liverpool Street Station – 20-minute walk
Erin at Spitalfields City Farm

By bus

Bus D3 stops on Vallance Road which is a 2-minute walk to the farm.

How long will a visit last?

Depending on the age of your child, I would say around an hour is a good length of time to spend at Spitalfields City Farm. As expected from a farm in the middle of a big city, it’s not massive.Consider combining your visit with a trip to the park, which is pretty much next door to the farm. 

Spitalfields City Farm goats

The animals

We really enjoyed the variety of adorable animals at Spitalfields City Farm. You’ll be able to see some of the following:

  • Donkeys
  • Pigs
  • Goats
  • Rabbits
  • Ducks
  • Chickens
  • Guinea Pigs

You are asked not to feed the animals as you go around, to ensure they don’t get ill from eating something they shouldn’t. There are quite a few signs saying this so it’s quite clear what you can and cannot do. 

Spitalfields City Farm cat

We found many of the animals to be really friendly. When Erin went up to the fences or the enclosures, some animals would come right up and want to say hi… even the chickens! A particular favourite was June, the farm cat, who Erin made friends with easily. Having a slow walk around the farm meant that we had a really good time during our visit, and that we weren’t rushed to see everything. It was fairly quiet though and this meant that there were no queues in front of any of the animal enclosures.

Play areas

Spitalfields City Farm has a small play area, which is aimed at smaller children. There are a number of ride-on toys such as scooters and trikes, as well as a tree house you can climb! The play area isn’t huge however, it’s not to be expected on any urban farm, which is what makes this a really great place for families to visit. For local residents, this would be a fun place to come for an hour or so if there was only a little bit of time to spare but the children wanted to play for a little while.

Spitalfields City Farm tree house

What else does the farm do?

During our visit, a birthday party happened in one of the huts in the main courtyard. What a lovely idea this is for younger children and I imagine, somewhat different for a venue close to central London. I would have loved a birthday party somewhere like this, with farmyard animals in a fantastic place for the local community. The farm also offers school visits, guided tours and workshops. You can sign up to volunteer in a few different ways on the farm’s website

Spitalfields City Farm bug hotel

Other city farms to visit

  • Hackney
  • Vauxhall
  • Mudchute
  • Surrey Docks
  • Deen
  • Stepney
  • Newham
  • Freightliners
  • Brooks
  • Kentish
  • Forty Hall
  • Crystal Palace
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