About Us

The Ark @ The Ark Open Farm

The Ark Open Farm was opened on 14th August 1990 by Stewart and Lorraine Donaldson. Since then it has grown in size and in popularity to become one of County Down’s favourite family attractions. As a family run business, Stewart and Lorraine’s own children, Barry and Lyndy, also work on the farm alongside Lyndy’s husband Stuart who officially joined the farming family in 2018 when they were married in the Fairytale Forest!

Lyndy and Stuart’s Wedding Day in the Fairytale Forest

Our main aim being 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, deer, ponies and much more. All the animals are so tame and friendly!

We also have lots of cute and cuddly rabbits, chicks, guinea pigs, pet lambs ,kid goats, ponies to ride, 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 its kind specialising in animals no longer seen in Northern Ireland’s fields and the only farm staying open all year round.