Located in the grounds of Temple Newsam, Home Farm is a working farm and is also one of the largest rare breeds centres in Europe. All the traditional farm animals are here to see. The farmyard is full of history with the oldest building dating back to 1694. There is lots of information around the farm about the rich history and plenty of chances to see how the farm would have run in times past.
Visiting midweek meant it was very quiet at the farm with just a handful of visitors. We worked our way around the cobbled farmyard meeting the animals. I have to admit to being totally in love with the lambs, they are just so sweet and it was lovely to see them being given freedom to skip around the yard. Alex was able to get really close and a ewe took a liking to Sebastian. We also love the pigs, they were all sleeping and look so content. Seb loved pretending to milk a cow! The birthday boy just enjoyed watching the animals moving around and saying moo his new sound. The boys were happy to be let off steam at the playground which is pretty big with plenty to do.
A family ticket for Home Farm at Temple Newsam cost us around £10 which I think is really reasonable. We spent about 2 hours in the farm but you could easily spend longer on a sunny day. You can also buy a ticket that gives you access to both the farm and house if you fancy making a day of it. And of course explore the grounds of Temple Newsam including gardens, woods and lakes designed by Capability Brown.