Ark Open Farm


The Ark Open Farm

The Ark Open Farm lies in 40 acres of beautiful countryside between Newtownards and Bangor and is home to a wide range of farm animals from the small and fluffy to the big and boisterous. 

The Ark is a great day out for all the family, with lots of educational and fun experiences including feeding and handling opportunities. A multitude of activities such as an extensive outdoor play area, kangaroo bouncer and quad trailer rides are sure to keep the kids entertained.

The Ark Open Farm lies not far from Belfast in the countryside between Newtownards and Bangor. This family run business was first opened in 1990 to assist in the preservation of rare and endangered farm animals. Since then the farm has established itself as a popular family attraction whilst the preservation of these species remains at its core. 

So what can you expect when you visit? 

A hands on experience

  • Handling sessions led by our friendly team provide the opportunity to get closer to some of the animals
  • If you fancy feeding the chickens and the slobbery cows animal feed is also available

To blow off some steam

  • An extensive outdoor play area and an indoor play barn for the wet days
  • Pony rides and quad trailer rides are available during the weekends and school holidays
  • Our new jumping pillow is a great way to let the kids get rid of some excess energy.

Time to unwind

  • The beautiful Woodland walk is a chance to go for a stroll and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
  • The Cottage café on the farm is open during weekends and school holidays and serves up a variety of great food, from homemade scones and cakes to tasty burgers, it’s exactly what is needed after your jaunt around the farm.


Educational Tours

  • Bring along your school, nursery, church group, or club for a bespoke educational tour of the farm. Let us know what you are working on and we can tailor your tour to fit.
  • If you cant make it out to the farm we can come to you with our ever popular Small Animal Roadshow. Please get in touch for more information.

We are open all year round here on the farm and run a number of special events throughout the year including a great Santa experience; keep your eye on our website and social media sites for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you to the farm soon!

The Ark Open Farm

296 Bangor Road 
BT23 7PH


028 9182 0445



Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm (10am – 5pm Nov – March)
Sunday 2pm – 6pm (1pm – 5pm Nov – March)



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