Welcome to The Ark Open Farm


The Ark Open Farm is owned and operated by Stewart and

Lorraine Donaldson. We opened the farm to the public on

14th August 1990 and since then it has grown in size and in


Our main aim is the preservation of rare and endangered species of domestic

animals. Set in forty acres of unspoiled countryside it is home to approximately

two hundred animals of all kinds - cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, goats, donkeys,

alpacas, ponies and many more. All are so tame and friendly.


We also have lots of cute and cuddly rabbits, chicks, guinea pigs, pet lambs, kid

goats, ponies to ride, (seasonal and weather dependant) so you can get up close

and have lots of interaction, supervised by our friendly helpful staff. The Ark Farm

is unique, being the only one of it’s kind specializing in animals no longer seen in

Northern Ireland’s fields and the only farm staying open

all year round.


© The Ark Open Farm 2014
About Us Our Animals Activities Birthday Parties Cottage Cafe Education Events News Gallery Contact Us
028 9182 0445
Opening Times April - Oct Mon-Sat  10.00am - 6.00pm Sun          2.00pm - 6.00pm Nov - Mar Mon-Sat  10.00am - 5.00pm Sun          2.00pm - 5.00pm Prices New Prices below are applicable from Mon 1st April 2014 Adults £5.50 Children Under 3 Years FREE Child (3 years & over) £4.80 Senior Citizen £4.80 Family Ticket £20.00 2 adults and a maximum of 4 children Please note the easter egg hunt is an extra 60p Birthday Parties  £95 for up to 20 people - each extra person £1 per head (Cooked children meals for catering are £3.00) School / Group Rates Start at 15 children or more, £4.40 per child,(add 40p per child if break is required) 1 adult to every 5 children FREE, each extra adult is £4.40. 
296 Bangor Road, Newtownards, BT23 7PH
Animal Road Show
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24th Anniversary Celebrations at the Ark Open Farm

Monday 11th August 11.00 am to 4.00pm.

Enjoy all the fun of the Farm. Click here for details

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