About Us

History of the Farm

Back in 1985, the idea of a city farm was created by a group of 30 city residents who had taken on the management of the overgrown allotments that was once stood on site.

After consultation with the local authority, advice and support from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, the site was officially signed over to the newly formed Friends of Leicester City Farm on Boxing Day 1985. 

On 12th October 1990, Gorse Hill City Farm became a registered charity dedicated to providing and educational and recreational facility for visitors. 



Admission Prices:

£3.50 per adult

£2.00 per child (16 and under)

Under 2’s: Free of charge



Gorse Hill City Farm is unfortunately losing council funding…

To ensure we are able to continue to provide this educational facility and experience, we will be implementing an admission charge payable at the Kiosk or  in the Farmers Hut café .

All visitors will receive an admission wrist band or sticker.

We thank you for your continued support and for ensuring the future of the farm.

Please remember you can support us by donation, becoming a member or adopting an animal.

opening times

April to October: 10.00am – 4.30pm

November to March: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Our facilities

Our farm provides a wide range of facilities for visitors, meaning that there really is something for everyone to enjoy – no matter what your age, or why you have chosen to visit us.

Our entire farm is wheelchair accessible and there is a small car park available at the top if you wish to visit by car.

How to find us:

We are based next door to the English Martyrs Catholic School on Anstey Lane, and there is some parking available at the top of the road.

Alternatively, you can get the number 74 bus from Charles Street, which will allow you to disembark right at the bottom of our drive, giving you easy and convenient access to the farm.

Gift Shop

Why not treat your little ones to a toy or souvenir to remember your great day out.

Our gift shop is located in the Farmer’s Hut Café. 



Large animal paddocks

This is where our cows, sheep, goats, donkeys and ponies live. These paddocks are often popular with our younger audience who enjoy watching the animals living happily in their natural environment.

Toilets & handwashing

Hygiene is important for both our visitors and animals, so we encourage you to use these facilities regularly. There is disabled access for both the toilets and handwashing, so everyone is catered for.

Small animals

This area is home to our rabbits, guinea pigs, budgies, fish and rats. This area is great for children and adults to learn about our smaller animals, and what they require on a daily basis in order to be happy and healthy. 

Wildlife garden and pond

There is lots of wildlife to be seen here, and children will have plenty of fun trying to spot and identify all of the different breeds that can be seen. 

Education room

If you are here on a planned educational visit, then you can make the most of the education room. The education room is typical classroom sized and comfortably holds a class of children for activities when the weather is poor. This room can also be hired for meetings and parties at a cost of £10 per hour.

We also have an Outside classroom which is ideal for the spring and summer months. This space is set back from the main farm path and is secluded. A brilliant area for learning outside the classroom!

Play area

Situated in the middle of the farm our play area is perfect for children to safely play and run around in. You can also make the most of the picnic benches and bring your own food.

Gorse Hill City Farm
Anstey Lane

Registered Charity Number:1000575

Private Ltd Co: 02544208