Farms and Zoos Around Hitchin

There are lots of farms and zoos around Hitchin – here are some of our favourites.

Standalone Farm

Address: Wilbury Road,Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 4JN Map
Telephone: 01462 686 775 

Standalone Farm is small working farm on the outskirts of Letchworth Garden City.

It has all the usual suspects – cows, sheep, pigs and more plus milking demonstrations and tractor rides included in the price. The adventure playground is fantastic, and don’t forget your supply of 20ps to make the neighbouring miniature railway run.

There is a cafe onsite serving sandwiches, salads, kids lunch boxes and freshly made pizza. There is also indoor and outdoor picnic areas. High chairs are available and baby changing facilities.

There are daily animal activities plus additional events in school holidays.

Aldenham Country Park

Address: Aldenham Road,  Elstree, Hertfordshire  WD6 3BA Map
Telephone: 0208 953 9602 

Aldenham Country Park is home to a children’s farm, park and woodlands and a very special bear in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

As well as a farm, there are 100’s of acres of unspoilt countryside and nature trails, a large adventure playground and a lake to explore plus 100 Aker Woods, the home of Pooh Bear and friends.

Woodside Animal Farm

Address: Woodside Road, Slip End, Luton LU1 4DG Map
Telephone: 01582 841 044 

Woodside Animal Farm is a short drive from Hitchin, just outside Luton.

It is home to a range of farm animals that you can get up close to with daily animals encounters. It’s not just farm animals though – there’s even giant lizards and a boa constrictor!

Tractor rides around the park are included as are the funfair rides and trampoline (funfair runs April – August). There’s also mini golf, bikes, trikes and scooters a sand pit and playground.

If the weather isn’t great, there’s a fantastic indoor play area including an area for children aged under 2. There’s also a cafe which offers children’s lunch boxes as well as ice cream, drinks and snacks.

Woodside Animal Farm is open all year round.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL Whipsnade

Address: Whipsnade, Dunstable, LU6 2LF Map
Telephone: 0344 225 1826

One of our family’s favourite zoos, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the UK’s largest Zoo, set in 600 acres of scenic landscape looking across the Downs.

There are lots of animals to see here from penguins to pygmy hippos and giraffes. I’d recommend transportation for little legs as everything is quite space apart – we usually take scooters but there is also a bus offering a hop on – hop off service.

You can can also visit some of the animals, including the elephants, is the Jumbo Express steam train (additional charges apply).

Next to the farmyard is Hullabazoo Indoor Play – a fantastic play centre included in your entry price. On busy days it’s a good idea to book your time slot early as numbers are limited.

There is also a large outdoor adventure playground with someone for all ages – the perfect location to watch the train go by.

There are plenty of options to buy food at the zoo. Choose from Base Camp restaurant complete with electronic ordering, River Cottage Kitchen and Deli and the Hullabazoo and Vistor Centre Cafes. You can also buy ice creams at other locations.

Book at least 2 days in advance for online discounts.