As the most central city farm we're very easy to find. The easiest way to get here is by train or tube. We're right next to Vauxhall station just behind the park.
Vauxhall City Farm and The Old Dairy Cafe will be closed from the 18th December 2017 until 15th January 2018 (please be aware the farmyard is closed on Mondays, the cafe is open from 11am – 2pm).
Our farm opening hours are 10:30 – 16:00 Tuesday to Sunday. We do not charge for entry but we appreciate donations to support the farm and the work that we do for our local community. We do charge for group visits of 10 or more people (including nursery, school and college groups and other organisations) and ask that you book with us. Please call 02075824204.
Our cafe is open on Mondays from 11-3 for lunch, however you will not be able to go around the farmyard, as it is closed to the public.
Please note that we usually close for a period over Christmas and the new year. Please check the news page for exact dates in December.
Bringing a buggy?
We now have a designated area to park your buggy while you visit the farm and cafe. This keeps our farm paths clear, allowing yourself and other visitors to move through the farm easily. We ask that all double and triple buggies are parked in the buggy park, to ensure pathways are kept accessible to all visitors. When you arrive, please use the entrance near the duck pond. The designated area is signposted to the left of the cafe building.
Vauxhall City Farm is in central London, a short walk from Vauxhall underground, train or bus stations. The farm is at the south edge of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (formerly Spring Gardens).
From the station, go through the tunnel under the railway arches. On the other side of the tunnel, cross the road in front of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and walk between the giant black pillars and across the grass. The farm is straight ahead of you. It’s less than a 5 minute walk. Look out for Jerry the alpaca!
If you’re coming by car, there is on street parking just outside the farm but it is metered. Please note that we are inside the congestion zone. However, both parking and the congestion charge are free at weekends.
Access – The farm is fully wheelchair accessible and only ¾ of an acre in size so there is a very short distance to walk between the animals. We have an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities. If you would like to leave your pushchair you are welcome to park it (at your own risk) in the entrance.
Stay safe on your visit
Although the staff and volunteers strive to keep the farm as safe as possible for its visitors, there are a few things that you can do to help. Following these simple rules below will keep you and your children safe from E coli and other infections that may be found on open farms.
- Don’t put your hands in your mouths whilst on the farm.
- Don’t eat, drink or smoke on the farm.
- Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you have been around the farm and before you leave. It’s not just the animals that can carry harmful bugs – fences, enclosures and floors can carry them to.
- Anti-bacterial hand gel does not kill dangerous bacteria. Please wash your hands instead of using it.
- If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, please do not touch the animals, especially goats and sheep during the lambing and kidding season.
- All of our animals are nice and friendly, however, they are still animals and can be unpredictable. Please keep your hands away from their mouths and horns.
- Do not chase, shout or tease the animals.
- Please wash your footwear and wheelchair/buggy wheels before you get home.
- Take care of slipping or tripping as some of our paths are wet and uneven.
- If you feel unwell within two weeks of visiting the farm you must inform your doctor that you have had contact with animals.
- Adults are responsible for supervising children in their care at all times and ensuring they wash their hands properly.
If you have any safety concerns or would like further information please speak to a member of staff.
What is E coli 0157?
E coli 0157 is a bacterium that lives in the gut of animals, including cattle, sheep, deer and goats. It can also be carried by pets and wild birds. Simply carrying the bacterium will not normally cause an animal any harm or illness, but if contacted by humans, the toxins it produces can cause illness ranging from diarrhoea to kidney failure. In some case the illness can be fatal. Young children and the elderly at the greatest risk.
If you and your family follow the safety rules above the risk of contracting any illness from the farm is low.
Why should pregnant women avoid contact with animals?
Some infections can be passed from sheep and goats to humans. If a pregnant woman becomes infected, it could harm her and her unborn baby’s health.
If you’re pregnant or think you might be pregnant, avoid contact with sheep during the lambing season, which runs from January to April. Make sure your family wash their hands thoroughly before touching you.
food and drink
The Old Dairy cafe re-opened on the 1st of March 2017. It is open the same times as the farm, as well as for lunch on Mondays! All the profits from the cafe go towards the running of the farm and to look after our wonderful animals. It’s run by a small team of staff who are supported by volunteers, just like the rest of the farm.
Please do not bring food or drink onto the farm or the cafe.
Remember to wash your hands between visiting the farm and using the cafe.
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