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Smithills Open Farm, Bolton

4.3
#1 of 52 in Outdoors in Greater Manchester
Farm Tourist Spot
Smithills Open Farm encloses 28 hectares (70 acres) of English countryside, offering a petting zoo with cows, pigs, goats, and even deer, pythons, spiders, and stick insects. Some animals may be less fond of petting than others. When you’ve all had your fill of creatures great and small, the kids can jump in the bouncy castle or climb around the adventure playground. If you need another feel of something furry, stick around for the animals' feeding times or the cow milking. If your team of animal lovers will get hungry, try taking a picnic or sampling the products at the cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Put Smithills Open Farm at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bolton vacation trip planner.
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  • Took my 3 year old and she loved it. Really friendly staff, lots of different animals. Great place for kids under 10  more »
  • Easter time with kids and family very enjoyable day a lot of entertainment and lot animals fantastic day  more »
  • Great family day £8 an adult the baby was free - lots of animals to see my baby loved the cows! There is a cafe but it could do with a revamp - very slow service and staff didn't seem to know what the...  more »
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  • An excellent day out, our little one went the week before with his child minder so we decided to have a family trip out. Reasonable admission price and just a pound for the donkey and/or tractor rides. Plenty of activities throughout the day and times quite well. Our little one enjoyed the pets corner and even managed two donkey rides. Staff are friendly and polite and the cafe shop is good value for money.
  • It's a very small farm but they let you feed the baby goats and lambs and hold snakes and rabbit's and other animals, it's worth going because your kids will love the up close and personal with the animals. It does have a indoor play center but I would not recommend it in the winter because it's freezing there is no heating. It does have a cafe but the wheelchair access is narrow, I just about managed it on my mobility scooter
  • I went to visit the farm with my son and partner and had a fantastic day. There is plenty to do and alot of interaction with the animals, well worth the money paid. It appears that there had been a number of improvements made over the years since i had last visited, offering more shelter and a better experience. The staff are excellent, being very approachable and knowledgeable. The shows on offer are interesting and offer another way of getting children (and adults) to interact with animals. The play area is also fantastic looking relatively new and accommodating very young children. Though there were one or two bits removed such as a bridge in the adventure play area. The reason for not giving the farm five stars is that there are areas that are in clear need of refurbishment such as the animal cages near the drinks van and the reptile house. Though only minor, it prevents the farm from achieving its potential.
  • Fantastic farm to go with children. They have a whole lot of different animals, including meerkat. The places is big, with a great playing area, and beautiful views of the countryside and Manchester. Nice coffee. A great place to spend the day! The staff were warm and welcoming.
  • Wonderful place to take young children. Plenty to do. Wonderful staff who are so helpful and kind. Plenty of animals to see and pet and feed. The children loved it and had a ball.

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