London for toddlers: Crystal Palace Farm

August 24, 2013

Have you been to Crystal Palace Farm?

Here’s why Crystal Palace Park Farm is great for toddlers and young children

Crystal Palace Park Farm - why Crystal Palace Farm is great for babies and toddlers in London

A trip to the farm – why it’s great for babies and toddlers

Pre-baby, it’s fair to say that most things we did involved the pub in some way, or some kind of diversion en route to getting a drink. Now, of course, it’s all about finding entertaining distractions for the toddler.*

This is how we finally ended up at the Crystal Palace Park Farm. It’s located in the Crystal Palace Park and is a working urban farm that’s part of an agriculture college. Despite spending a lot of time in the park when I was on maternity leave, for some reason it’s taken us this long to get round to finding it** (we’re as late to this as we were to the Horinman Museum, what can I say?).

The farm is a working farm that’s part of the college, but there’s still a lot to see (depending on the time of the year!)

Depending on what time of the year you visit, the animals you will see will vary. When we visited there were:

  • Pigs – they are huge, furry and noisy, very unlike Peppa
  • Sheep
  • Chickens,
  • Shetland Ponies
  • Strange hen creatures with long feathered legs.

The reptile house at the farm:

I’ve seen the farm refereed to as Crystal Palace Zoo, and you can kind of see why. As well as all the farm animals there is also a small reptile house with horrible snakes, lizards and giant slugs. Children love this, and it’s also indoors so a good option to head into if it’s raining.

It’s small but very sweet, and best of all the farm is completely free, so worth a look if you’re in the area or en route to the dinosaurs.

Crystal Palace Park Farm is at Ledrington Rd, Greater London SE19 2BS. It’s open 12-4 every day apart from Wednesday.

*And cake.

** It’s at the top of the dinosaur lake – if you enter the park from the train station entrance, follow the path on the far right, past the sports stadium.

Here’s why we love living in Crystal Palace and more info about the park


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