Old MacDonald's Farm
With a wide range of animals, amusements, and activities designed to entertain families, Old MacDonald’s Farm can be a fun-filled day out whatever the weather. Meet more than 30 different species of animals including meerkats and wallabies, jump on amusing rides, and enjoy the soft play areas at this folksy park that’s scaled for young kids.
Rides at Old MacDonald’s Farm include the Doggy Dog roller coaster, Happy Horses adventure ride, tractor rides, and slides, while kids will also enjoy the sand pits. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, there’s still fun to be had in two indoor soft play areas. The farm is home to pigs, wallabies, rabbits, ponies, cows, sheep, meerkats, horses, reindeer, alpacas, and donkeys. Unlimited access to most attractions is included with admission, but some amusements, such as the radio-controlled cars, are coin-operated.
To ensure you don’t miss anything, download a map before you visit, or pick one up at the entrance. Discounted admission is available in the afternoon, and visitors who complete every ride receive a commemorative sticker.
Things to Know Before You Go
Old MacDonald’s Farm is a must-visit for families and animal lovers.
The park is designed for young children; older children may be bored.
The farm is wheelchair-accessible.
Children under 15 receive discounted admission; children under 2 enter for free.
How to Get There
Old MacDonald’s Farm is around a 50-minute drive east of London, and free parking is available on-site. You can also get a train from London’s Liverpool Street to Brentwood and Harold Wood and then take a taxi to the farm.
When to Get There
Old MacDonald’s Farm is open daily from morning until early evening. Budget-minded travelers may want to visit in the afternoon, when admission is discounted. Sometimes bad weather may force the farm to close, in the interest of health and safety; check ahead if the weather is particularly bad. School holidays are the farm’s busiest times, and higher admission fees apply during peak summer season.
The on-site Farm Cafe serves a range of meals and snacks freshly prepared on the farm. There are plenty of options for both adults and children, including set children’s lunch boxes and vegetarian and halal food.
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