The Ark Rare Breeds Open Farm

The Ark Open Farm has grown in size and popularity over the years, most recently we have developed a new woodland walk on the farm complete with picnic site.

Meerkat Manor is home to three very friendly Meerkats, children get the opportunity to feed them grapes and bananas one of their favourite foods.

Our Real Reindeer Family are on view all year round, they have moved outside and Rudolf has an amazing set of antlers, he has two wives Dancer and Prancer.

We also have a herd of little Sika Deer from Japan, they are so tame and love to eat out of your hand, visitors can get up close and interactive with these cute little Bambies.

A newly established Out Door Adventure Play Area is complete with a cable coaster ride and mega slide for all those energetic children who like to let off steam.

Easter, Summer, Halloween and Christmas is when we have Special Events so keep up to date with us on our Website or Facebook for further information, opening times and prices.

The Ark Farm is Open All Year Round and is a great venue for Birthday Parties Summer and Winter, an excellent fully heated Party Room complete with tables and bench setting, and catering is also available.

Our Cottage Café is somewhere to relax and enjoy delicious home cooked food, it is open every weekend throughout the year and all school holidays.

In 2015 the Ark Open Farm was awarded a Bronze Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 14:00 - 17:00


See website for details.
Group discount available for 15 or more people
All credit cards and cheques accepted.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Just off the A21 - 1 mile from Newtownards and 3 miles from Bangor, brown tourist signs on carriageway.
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Open Sundays
  • Open Mondays
  • Picnic Area
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Parking Available
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Family Discount
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