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Pet Farms To Visit In Ireland

Throughout Ireland there is some exceptional Pet Farms to visit. Why not browse through the list below and be sure to let us know what you think of each location.

Copper Coast Mini Farm, Fenor, Wexford


Open since 2003 this hugely popular pet farm is a must when holidaying in the sunny South East. Purpose-built, families can feed and cuddle the friendly farm animals in a safe and clean environment. The homely tearoom is a haven of relaxation for parents who can watch their happy kids playing football, driving pedal go-carts or toy tractors and digging or building sandcastles in the giant outdoor sandpit.

School tours are booking in very quickly this year so make sure your school books as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Opening Times

April to Sept weekends 12 to 6pm
May open daily 12 to 6pm

June /July/August weekdays 10am to 6pm
weekends & bank holidays 12 to 6pm

Last admissions 5pm daily.

Please ring to check times before setting out on a long journey

Admission Prices

Adults €7.00 Children €6.50 OAPs/Students €6.00
Family and group rates available


Shrule Pet Farm, Ballygarret, Wexford

A special pet farm comprising all usual farm animals with emphasis on breeding and preservation of various types of poultry and a varied selection of sheep breeds.

Many animals may be handled under supervision, and during guided tours to the deer enclosure the deer may be hand-fed.

An attractive playground will occupy the children whilst parents enjoy light refreshments.

School tours are catered for at reduced rates and free worksheets are available to enhance a child’s knowledge and understanding of farm animals and to assist in classroom discussion.

Opening Hours

June, July, August

Monday – Saturday Daily – 10.00 to 18.00

Sunday (11.00-18.00)

May & September (weekends only).

Contact Shrule Pet Farm

Telephone:(053) 9427277


National Sea Life Centre, Bray, Wicklow


The National Sea Life Centre on Brays Seafront is swimming with fascinating marine and freshwater creatures in a range of exciting exhibits, including Rivers of the World, Nemos Kingdom, Lair of the Octopus and Tropical Shark Lagoon.

Opening times

January to March / October to December:
11.00 to 17.00 (Monday-Friday)
11.00 to 18.00 (Week-ends / School Holidays)

April to September: 10.00 to 18.00 (Monday-Friday)
10.00 to 18.00 (Week-ends / Bank Holidays)
Last admissions 1 hour before close

Admission Prices

Adults €12.00, Children €9.00, Student / OAP €11.00 , Family (2+2) €38.00.

Tickets valid all day and group rates are available to groups of 10 or more.

The Irish Sun – Super Euro Promotion. Each Sunday –February 10th /17th/24th March 3rd 2013 a token will be printed in The Irish Sun – entitling the reader – on presentation of the specially printed FunDays.ie token – to the following offer for just €1 (or less).

One Child admission for €1 with every paying adult

Can not be used in conjunction with any other special offer or promotion

Contact National Sea Life Centre

Telephone:(01) 2866939

Secret Valley Wildlife Park, Clonroche, Wexford


Fourteen acres of fun-filled adventures await you at Secret Valley Wildlife Park near Clonroche, Co Wexford! From bottle-feeding the hungry kid goats, to riding Snowball the pony, we promise you unforgettable, great value, family fun! Each day is packed with loads of fun events. If you like a challenge, you can join in our adventure hunts or go wild in our large outdoor and new indoor play areas. You can also play crazy golf throughout the day.

Opening Times

January- Weekends only (Sat & Sun) 11am – 5pm.

February- Weekends and Mid-Term: Monday, 11th February to Sunday, 17th February: Daily 11am-5pm.

March- Weekends and Easter Holiday:  Saturday, 23rd March to Sunday, 7th to April: Daily 10am – 5pm.

April- Weekends: 10am – 5pm. Please note we will be closed one weekend: 27th & 28th April.

May, June, July, August- Saturday, 4th May until Monday, 2nd September: Daily 10am – 6pm.

September – Weekends only 10am – 5pm

October – Weekends and Halloween Holidays: Monday, 28th October to Monday, 4th November: Daily 10am – 5pm.

November – Weekends  only 11am – 5pm.

December – Weekends and additional dates to be confirmed.

Admission price

Adults €7.50, €6.50 Children, (Under 2s) Free, OAPs €5, Special needs and Carer €5, Family pass €30 (2 adults and 3 children). Extra children €5 each.

Contact Secret Valley Wildlife Park

Telephone:(087) 2050069


Mellowes Adventure Centre, Athboy, Meath


Enjoy a family day out to Mellowes Adventure centre. Bring along your own picnic. Adults can enjoy Tea, Coffee and Biscuits on arrival. Please pre book. Monday to Friday 10am until 5pm. Sat/Sun 12pm until 5pm

Directions To Mellowes Adventure Centre

Mellowes Adventure Centre is located mid way between Athboy and Clonmellon, on the N52. We are 5 minutes from Athboy and Clonmellon,7 minutes from the M3 Motorway at the Kells junction and 15 minutes from Delvin

Contact Mellowes Adventure Centre

Telephone:(046) 9433921


Sea Horse Aquariums, Ballymount, Dublin


Seahorse Aquariums is an underwater adventure, featuring Ireland’s largest aquarium display of marine and freshwater life. If you just want to have a look at fish and see the sharks, sting-rays and other amazing creatures, come along its free. Seahorse Aquariums is a great visit that will always be remembered.

Just off the M50 on the Turnpike Road, Ballymount (across from the Red Cow Hotel).

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm
Sunday and All public holidays 11am to 6pm.

Admission Prices


Contact Seahorse Aquariums

Telephone:(01) 4595650


Reptile Village, Gowran, Kilkenny


With over 120 animals and 50 different species on display, Reptile Village Zoo is Ireland’s only dedicated reptile zoo.
Licensed by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Opening hours

Open 7 days a week, from 10.00 to 18.00

Admission Prices

Adults €9.90/ Children €7.50

Family of 2 adults and 1 child is €27.00 (€3.00 for each additional child and €5.00 for each additional adult thereafter)

Family of 1 adult and 2 children is €24.00 (additional charges for extra adults and kids are the same as above).

Contact Reptile Village

Telephone:(056) 7726 757


Tropical World, Alcorns, Letterkenny


An ideal day out for kids of all ages. Tropical butterflies in free flight along with lemurs, meerkats and coatimundis. Make this mini zoo a great destination in Donegal. With tropical birds, owls and its own reptile house, Tropical World has something for everyone. Being 90% indoors, its perfect whatever the weather.

Opening Times
Mon to Sat 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Sun 1pm to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Tropical World is a seasonal attraction, open from early April to end of September.

Admission Prices
Adult €7.50, Child €6, Family (2 adults + 2 children) €20. For groups and concessions please contact us.

Contact Tropical World @ Alcorns

Telephone:(074) 9121541 or (074) 9121655


Stonehall Vistor Farm, Kilcornan, Limerick


Come visit us at Stonehall Pet farm whether you are a family looking for a day out with a difference or a school tour looking to learn something new about a wide range of domestic & rare breed animals from Ostrich, Emus, Alpacas, Llamas, Birds of Prey, Red Deer, Sheep, Goats , Pigs and a wide variety of Parrots and aviaries of Birds, with the usual rabbits, Chipmunks, Chinchillas, mice and much more.

Opening Hours

Open for Easter Holidays 11am – 6pm

Open for Halloween mid-term break 11am – 5pm

Open for Santas Grotto for December. Bookings Essential.

April, May, June, September, October Sat 11-6pm Sun 12-6pm

July & August 7 Days a week Mon – Sat 11-6pm  Sun 12-6pm

Contact Stonehall Visitor Farm

Telephone:(061) 393940


Kia Ora Mini Farm, Gorey, Wexford


Our aviary has a fantastic selection of birds and is indoors so no matter what the weather is like you can come and have fun and see all the cute little animals in the barn such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and rats!

Opening Times

Closed January

Feb-Dec 10am-5.30pm


Blackwater Open Farm, Blackwater, Wexford


Many varieties of animals from Llamas to pigmy goats, pot bellied pigs and much more. Indoor and outdoor play area. Indoor and outdoor picnic areas. All weather paths around the farm. Fully wheelchair accessible. Ample coach & car parking. Toilet & baby changing area. The Garden Cafe. We also cater for tours and birthday parties, for more information and special group rates give us a call.

Opening Times

February:Sat and Sun 12 to 5
March to April: Wed to Sun:10 to 5
May to June: Tues- to Sun:10 to 6
July and August Mon to Sun: 10 to 6
Sept: Tues to Sun 10 to 5
Oct: Sat and Sunday 11am to 5pm

Adults: €5.50 / O.A.Ps : €5.50
Children (3 to 15 yrs) : €5.50
Children (1 to 3 yrs): €3.00, under 1 go free
Family Rate: 2 adults+4 children: €27.50(any additional children €3.00 )

Visit our website link below for full details.

The Irish Sun – Super Euro Promotion.

Each Sunday –February 10th /17th/24th March 3rd 2013 a token will be printed in The Irish Sun – entitling the reader – on presentation of the specially printed FunDays.ie token – to the following offer for just €1 (or less).

A Child Admission for €1 with a paying adult.

Contact Blackwater Open Farm

Telephone:(085) 1227901 / (087) 1303057


Galway Atlantaquaria, Salthill, Galway


It is home to 170 marine and freshwater species. Highlights include seahorses, friendly rays, sharks and an enormous skeleton of a Fin Whale. The Aquarium offers a truly hands-on experience, and visitors can hold starfish or spiny spider crab in the palm of their hands, help feed hundreds of hungry fish, and explore an underwater world in a model submarine.

Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 10.00 to 17.00 and Saturday and Sunday 10.00 to 18.00.

Admission Prices

Child €6.25, Adult €10.25, Student/Senior €7.00, Family 2 Adults + 2 Children €29.00, Family 1 Adult + 2 Children €20.00.

Telephone:(091) 58510


Red Mountain Open Farm, Drogheda, Meath


Red Mountain Open Farm is a family run mixed farm with tillage, horses, sheep etc. The farm is set in open countryside just five minutes off the M1 exit 9 at Drogheda.


Open Farm Days: €6 per person
Family Day Pass for 2adults and 2children: €20
Family Day Pass for 2adults and 3 children: €25
Family Day Pass for 2adults and 4children: €30
Senior Citizen: €5 and under 12 months: Free
Train and Carriage Ride: €2.50 extra per person.

opening times


Rumleys Open Farm, Waterfall ,Cork


Set off and explore our 20 plus acres of open and fully working farm. At Rumleys Open Farm you will make contact with a wide range of both farm and exotic animals.

Go and see the large collection of birds in our Avaries. Visit the ponds and the Lemur climbing enclosure. Say hello to the rabbits in the Rabbit Village.

We have nearly 2km of walk ways to explore and meet the animals whilst enjoying panoramic views of both Cork city and the surrounding country side.

Opening Times:

Monday to Saturday 11.00 to 6.00pm
Sunday 12.00 to 6.00pm

Admission Prices

€8 Per Person
Children under 2 years go FREE
Family Day Pass
2 Adults + 2 Children: €30
2 Adults + 3 Children: €35


Eagles Flying, Ballymote, Sligo


Ireland’s largest sanctuary for Birds of Prey and Owls, the Irish Raptor Research Centre / Eagles Flying is situated on 27 ha of mature parklands near Ballymote in County Sligo. Currently it is home of about 100 Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Falcons and Vultures.

Opening times
From 1st April to 7th November
10:30 to12:30 and 14:30 – 16:30

Flying Demonstrations commence 11.00 and 15.00 daily and last for 1 hour.

Admission Prices
Adults €9.00 and Children (age 3-16) €5.50
Under 3s FREE and Students €8.00
Family (2+2) €27.00 with additional child €4.50.


Muckross House And Gardens Killarney


The world renowned Muckross House is situated amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park, Ireland`s premier National Park. Relive the past at Muckross Traditional Farms complete with three working farms from Kerry of the 1930s.

Opening Times and Admission Prices:

March & April May June 1st -
August 31st
September October
1pm – 6pm Sat/Sun
& Bank Holidays
1pm – 6pm
7 days a week
10am – 6pm
7 days a week
1pm – 6pm
7 days a week
1pm – 6pm Sat/Sun
& Bank Holidays
Category Muckross House Traditional Farms Joint Ticket
Adult €7.50 €7.50 €12.50
Adult Groups & OAPs €6.00 €6.00 €10.50
Child & Student €4.00 €4.00 €7.00
Family* €22.00 €22.00 €35.00

*Family rate applies to two adults and three children aged eighteen years and under. Children under 5 are free,
Group rate applies to twenty visitors or more, and when payment is made by a single transaction. Groups of ten, or more must have advance reservations.

*Admission to Muckross House is by guided tour only.
*Last admission to Muckross Traditional Farms is always one hour before closing.

Note: there is no charge for admission to Killarney National Park and Muckross Gardens.


Glendeer Pet Farm, Athlone, West Meath


Glendeer Pet Farm (5 miles west of Athlone, take exit 13 off M6, & follow the signs for Drum) is a very interactive experience as people can feed, pet & even hold some of the animals, which include deer, pot belly pigs, llamas, alpache, emu, ostrich, goats, donkeys, sheep, jersey cow, two cheeky monkeys, wallabies, tortoises & much more. Not to mention the new babies that are arriving everyday, including kid goats, baby llama, rabbits, lambs & puppies.

Glendeer is suitable for any weather as there are indoor & outdoor picnic & play areas, along with a large section of the animals undercover & the New indoor Skywalk play area.

Opening times
Everyday from 17th Mar until end Sept

€8 per adult & child


Kiltale Farm Holiday Homes, Dunsany, Meath



Kiltale Farm Holiday Homes are located on Dublin’s doorstep, an ideal place for a family holiday.  Lots to see and do on the farm and surrounding area.

We run a farm summer camp during July and part of August.  We organize school tours for pre-school children, junior, senior and first class.


Imecofarm, Clarecastle, Clare


Imecofarm is a fun friendly farm, for families, birthday parties, Summer camps, tours, and group bookings.

The farm is located along the scenic Fergus Estuary, a very special area of conservation for biodiversity, nature and wildlife. the farm looks across to Dromoland Woodlands, and the Shannon Estuary.

Opening times
April – June: 1pm to 5pm
July and August: 11am to 5pm
September and October: 1pm to 5pm

Admission price
Family – 2 adults + 2 kids: €20
Family – 2 adults + 3 kids: €25
Adults €7, children €5
Family Membership for the year: €55

One Child admission for €1 with every paying adult


Wooly Wards Farm, Oldtown ,Dublin


Wooly Wards Farm is an exciting new Mobile Animal Theatre and Petting Farm. We set up in your garden and transform your little darlings into farmers. Our two new plays No more Tricks and the Animal Picnic are a great hit with the children and their excitement is electric at the parties. And after the show our animal stars will meet and greet all the guests.


Mary Ward
Wooly Ward’s Farm,
Whites town, Oldtown,
Co. Dublin

(just off the Swords
to Ashbourne road)

Tel: 087 367 6787



Leahy’s Fun Farm, Dungourney, Midleton, Cork


Leahys Open Farm is a great family day out for all ages, we have a huge selection of animals on display, we provide petting times at 1, 3, & 5pm where the animals are taken out and our visitors get to hold and feed them in the Jolly Barn.

Admission Prices

€8.80 – Children under 2 years free

Family Ticket €40.00 for 2 Adults and 3 Children

Birthday Parties from €14.50 per person based on a minimum of ten in the group

Group rates available: For every 10 children 1 adult free

Opening times

Easter Weekend and every weekend until May 1: Sat 11am to 6pm and Sun 1pm to 6pm
Easter Monday 11am to 6pm
May to August 31st: Mon to Sat 11am to 6pm Sun 1pm to 6pm
September: Mon to Sat 11 to 4pm. Sun 1pm to 6pm
Open Month of December for Santas Village.


Newgrange Farm, Slane, Meath


Newgrange Farm is a 333 acre farm situated in the beautiful and historic Boyne Valley and surrounds the famous National Monument of Newgrange. This is a genuine family owned and run working farm / educational facility, where adults and children can try the “hands on” experience of bottle feeding, feeding, holding, petting, and seeing all the usual farm animals and poultry, and much, much more.

Opening Times

Newgrange Farm is open 17th March 2012 until 9th Sept 2012.
We open 10am to 6pm Daily (last admission for entry is 5pm) between the above dates.

Admission Prices

€9 per person. Under 1s are free
€15 for a Family of 2. €21 for a Family of 3
€28 for a Family of 4. €35 for a Family of 5
€42 For a Family of 6
€2.50 for the tractor trailer ride.
€10 per person for groups (farmyard and tractor trailer ride and a guide)


Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park, Loughrea, Galway


Turoe Farm offers many opportunities for people to enjoy a fun-filled day out. No matter what the weather conditions are, there is always something to do! One can take a leisurely walk around the 14 acre park, whilst feeding and cuddling the animals. The pet farm includes ponies, donkeys, goats and sheep, as well as “Larry the Lama” and “Curley the Alpaca”. Take a walk along the beautiful nature trail whilst enjoying the tranquil setting, fresh country air and the delightful sound of bird songs. Go indoors to experience the excitement of children of all ages bouncing their way around the “Inflatable city” – one of Europe’s largest bouncing castles!

Opening Hours

Reopening January Saturday 12th 2013
Saturday & Sunday 1p.m. to 6p.m.

Spring Mid Term Hours

Spring Mid Term
Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6p.m.

Easter Opening Hours

Saturday March 23rd to Sunday April 7th 2013
Monday to Sunday 1p.m. to 6p.m. (2 weeks)

Summer Opening Hours

May 6th 2013 Bank Holiday
Monday 1p.m. to 6p.m.

May 20th to August 31st 2013
Monday to Sunday 10a.m. to 7p.m.

Autumn Opening Hours

September 1st to November 30th 2013
Saturday & Sunday 1p.m. to 6p.m.

Halloween Opening Hours

Halloween Mid Term
Monday to Sunday 1p.m. to 6p.m.