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Mudchute – a city farm and nature reserve in the heart of London’s Docklands

Did you know that one of the largest free urban farms in Europe is within a mile of the large office blocks of Canary Wharf.

mudchute city farmThe park covers 32 acres of green open space including a nature reserve and was created out of derelict land on the Isle of Dogs. The area was the dumping ground for mud dug out when London Docks were built in the 1860’s.

There are lots of animals to see. The bigger animals roam in large enclosures and the smaller animals are in the main courtyard.

Look LLamas

Look LLamas

 

Suitable for all age groups

Where: Mudchute Park & Farm, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HP 
Admission: FREE
Facilities: farm shop, play area, cafe, picnic area in courtyard, pets corner,holiday activities
Website: www.mudchute.org

mudchute city farm sheepThe courtyard contains a ‘Pets Corner’, aviaries, stables and riding school, where anyone over the age of 7 can have lessons. On open access days you may even be able to join in with an animal handling session.

mudchute city farm stables

You will also find The Mudchute Kitchen in the courtyard. It has freshly cooked food and an activity area for children. The nearby shop sells a variety of souvenirs including wool made from the farm’s Alpacas and Sheep.

In World War II Mudchute had a series of anti aircraft guns to protect the surrounding docks from bombers. One gun has been restored and there is a small exhibition about The Blitz, the name given to the devastating bombing raids.

mudchute city farm gunThe remaining gun emplacements are used as home for some of the pigs and other animals!



Getting There Mudchute Park & Farm, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HP 
  We used Crossharbour DLR and walked to the back of the ASDA car park where there is a signed path to the farm 
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