This lovely city farm is the largest in London and shares its 32 acres of countryside with friendly, furry and feathered creatures. Located in the middle of the Isle of Dogs, the farm houses a wonderful collection of British rare breeds and currently has over 200 animals and fowl on site.
There are always lots of events taking place especially during the school holidays and summer months. Horse-riding is available too (booking required). Dishes in the cafe include delicious breakfast and brunches as well as a variety of delicious cakes, sandwiches and sweet treats. It’s a great place for younger and older children alike to get a taste of farm life.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
A great park for all the family to enjoy. I spent many a maternity leave day here with my son from a young age and we loved it! It is a great place to enjoy with friends or just on your own with the kids. There is loads of space to wander about and lots to see. The staff are friendly and helpful and the facilities are good.
Address: Mudchute Park and Farm, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HP.
Playground: No – but has a paddock where children can play.
Cafe: There is a lovely cafe on site which has recently been refurbished and is now a family run business. The cafe offers good home-cooked food, with all dishes cooked onsite.
Toilets: Yes, clean and accessible with baby change facilities.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Most areas of the farm are accessible by wheelchair or pram but several paths have a natural mud surface. This makes them very muddy when wet which could cause problems for wheels.
Parking: No, as an environmental project, parking is actively discouraged and there is no car park. There is limited meter parking on Pier Street and neighbouring streets.
Nearest Station: Crossharbour/Mudchute/Island Gardens DLR.
DLR: Crossharbour/Mudchute/Island Gardens DLR. They say: We highly recommend using Crossharbour. When alighting walk directly across the road and through the ASDA car park where you’ll find an entry at the back right hand side to Mudchute Park and Farm. Enter the park and follow the path and signs to the main Courtyard area which contains the Mudchute Kitchen, Equestrian Centre, Main Office and small farm yard precinct.
For those exiting at Island Gardens, as you exit the station turn left and follow Manchester Road down until you reach Pier St (Mourinho’s is on the corner). Follow Pier Street to the end where you will find a small visitors car park and entrance to the farm.
For Mudchute DLR, cross East Ferry Road using the zebra crossing and just to your immediate left, you will see the entrance gateway to Mudchute Park and Farm. As you enter, bear to your right and follow the long straight path to the riding arena. There is restricted access to the stables area. Please follow the pathway behind the stables and kitchen and enter through the entrance to our main courtyard.
Mudchute DLR is not recommended at night if travelling alone as the walk into the park and farm is unlit.
Bus: Take the D3, D6 or 135 bus towards Crossharbour and disembark at the ASDA supermarket. Walk through the car park and at the rear you will find a gate entry to Mudchute Park & Farm next to the car wash facility. Follow the path through the park to arrive at the Main Courtyard entrance. Alternatively catch the D3 or D7 bus travelling via Island Gardens DLR station, and alight at Pier Street, next to Mourinho’s restaurant. At the end of Pier Street you will find the entrance to Mudchute Park and Farm.
Phone: 020 7515 5901.
Mudchute is a registered charity and entrance is free.
The website advises that when visiting the farm, all visitors bring alternative shoes for walking around the paths as these are also used as bridle paths. Also be sure to wash hands after changing back into original shoes to ensure that the spread of bacteria is not encouraged’ (www.mudchute.org/plan-your-visit).
Review by Claire Carter.