The Ark Open farm set in forty acres of unspoiled countryside is home to over 200 animals

The ‘Ark’ Open Farm is owned and run by the Donaldson family who opened the gates to the farm in August 1990 with a view to educating visitors on the need for conservation and preservation of some of the rarest domestic animals from a bygone era. The farm is open all year round and is home to the largest variety of animals in Ireland. The Pets Corner and interactive Big Green Barn Farm is a hive of activity for children and adults alike: cuddling rabbits, chicks, guinea pigs and bottle feeding little lambs and kid goats.  Also on-site is Meerkat Manor, Eagle Owls and Sika Deer.  Our latest New Attraction the Fairy Tale Forest with Nursery Rhyme Themed Attractions has proved a real hit with all our visitors. Tractor and Carriage Rides are available for all visitors to the Fairy Tale Forest with drop off and pick up times or alternatively it is a lovely walk with lots of animals to see on the way.  Our newly refurbished Creepy Crawlie Loft is home to snakes, bearded dragons, lizards, hedgehogs, tortises, and lots, lots, more  - an experience not to be missed.  Our Real Reindeer Family has grown in size with Rudolf and his two wives with their offspring. Our Cottage Garden an outdoor extension to our cafe is full of little play houses and a specially designed activity tractor is a really big attraction for the younger visitors. There is also walkout deck on the duckpond with lots of rare and exotic breeds of ducks and black swans.  We have Bumble Bee Quad Rides, Pony Rides, Animal Grooming, you can even feed our animals with their special treat food.   

Our newly built Ark on the farm was constructed just in time for our 25th Anniversary Celebrations on 14th August 2015. The Kangaroo Bouncer is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and provides hours of fun for all ages. A great new under cover picnic space has been constructed for those wet days.  So come along, it is well worth a visit and you can stay all day if you like.

We also have a great new Car and Bus Park just beside our existing Car Park.

Special events throughout the year.

Finalist 2012 NI 4Kids small visitor attraction of the year award.

Opening Times

  • Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 2pm-5pm

Prices

  • See website for details.
  • Group discount available for 15 or more people

Contact Details

  • Address The Ark Open Farm 284 Bangor Road Newtownards Co.Down BT23 7PH
  • Telephone (028) 9182 0445
  • Email Ark Farm
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