Vauxhall City Farm has been on our “to do” list for a while and today we finally made it. What did we discover? This small but perfectly formed city farm, which was built on unused land by local residents more than 35 years ago, has lots to offer visitors young and old.
Vauxhall City Farm is located about 5 minutes’ walk from Vauxhall train and bus station. We approached the farm by cutting across Spring Gardens and MJ excitedly spotted a horse and some adorable little goats grazing in pens outside the farm on the edge of the Gardens.
Venturing inside the farm, we found ourselves in a yard lined with stables – the farm runs a riding school and has a number of handsome horses, as well as two incredibly cute Shetland ponies peeking out at visitors from behind shaggy manes. MJ was delighted to be introduced to the ponies, Pedro and Peregrine, by a member of staff who was grooming them to help shed their winter coats.
Elsewhere in the farmyard, we saw Jenny and Edward the spotted Kune Kune pigs, a huge turkey, an alpaca, sheep, the duckpond and lots of smaller residents – rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and so on. The highlight for MJ and some other visiting children (and the adults too, truth be told) was watching some baby goats being bottle fed.
A little bit of the countryside in Central London. A visit to the farm is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life happening all around it.
Admission to Vauxhall City Farm is free, but donations to the upkeep of the farm are welcome.
Vauxhall City Farm is accessible to pushchairs.
Vauxhall City Farm is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30 am to 4 pm.
Telephone: 0207 582 4204
Address: Vauxhall City Farm, 165 Tyers Street, London, SE11 5HS
By train: The nearest station is Vauxhall (Victoria Line, National Rail).
By bus: A number of buses stop at Vauxhall Bus Station, 5 minutes’ walk from Vauxhall City Farm. Check TFL Journey Planner for details.