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Stepney City Farm

Posted by on Thursday, 1 November, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day

Stepney City Farm

Babydaytripper likes nothing better than a city farm and so this week we set off to explore the one in Stepney, East London.  We found Stepney City farm nestling between urban buildings and a Crossrail construction site, close to the historic St Dunstan’s church, home of the famous “bells of Stepney” in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.

Stepney City Farm

Stepney City Farm

Once through the gate, the farm covers a larger area than you would expect from the outside, with lots of woodchip and bark-strewn paths leading you around the various paddocks and enclosures.  We saw all the usual city farm favourites: sheep, goats, several huge pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and more.  There are also two large, new barns which house farm animals in the winter.  You can buy a small plant pot’s worth of animal feed from the farm office (£1) if you want to endear yourself to the farm’s inhabitants as you go around.

Besides the animals, there are allotments, a picnic area (with lots of pedal cars that kept MJ busy for quite some time), a rural arts centre and the farm office where you can buy home made produce.  There is a café, but we were informed that it only operates at the weekend and we visited on a weekday – so there’s no review of its wares this time.

Goat at Stepney City Farm

Goat at Stepney City Farm

Interest rating

Stepney City Farm may be smaller, and less commercially developed, than the nearby Mudchute and Hackney City Farms, but it’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area.  The farm is well laid out and easy to get around with a pushchair- a little countryside haven in the middle of the city.

Admission cost

Free.  Donations welcome.

Pigs at Stepney City Farm

Pigs at Stepney City Farm

Café

There is a café at weekends.

Facilities

The farm is pushchair accessible.  There are modern toilet facilities.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Contact details

Telephone: 020 7790 8204

Website: www.stepneycityfarm.org

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs at Stepney City Farm

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs at Stepney City Farm

Getting there   

By train: The nearest stations are Stepney Green (Hammersmith & City and District Lines) and Limehouse (DLR, C2C services – step free access).

By bus: 15, 25, 115, 135, 205, 309, 339.

Map:

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