Glendeer Pet Farm, Athlone

donkeys at Glendeer

Glendeer Pet Farm

Glendeer Pet farm is a top entertainment and day adventure for kids in County Roscommon. Open to the public to come and enjoy this working farm and kids play areas.

Location

Located 15 minutes outside the town of Athlone. Although considered County Roscommon the pet farm is closer to Athlone town and is on the borders of County Westmeath and County Galway.

Getting There

From Dublin

Follow the signs for Galway until you are on the M6 Take Exit 13(Tuam/Monksland exit). After taking Exit 13, at roundabout, take the 2nd exit (signposted Drum) and continue on to another roundabout where you take the 1st exit (Drum), you take the next turn right for Drum and the farm is 3 kms up the road on the left hand side.

From Roscommon

Continue straight at the roundabout at Ganly’s Hardware Store (signposted Athlone), keep going straight until you come to the next right take the right , continue until you come to a roundabout, take the 1st exit (signposted Drum) and continue on to another roundabout, take the 1st exit again (Drum), then take the next right for Drum & Glendeer Farm is 3 kms up that road on the left.

From Galway

Head for Athlone (following Dublin signs) & take the 1st slipway off motorway signposted Exit 13 (Athlone west). Continue to the 1st roundabout take the 2nd exit (Athlone/Galway), at the 2nd roundabout take the 3rd exit (Drum) & at the 3rd roundabout take the 1st exit (Drum), after that roundabout you take the next turn right for Drum and the farm is 3kms up the road on the left hand side.

Entry

Entry to the farm is $9 for children and under 18 months are free. On entry the child gets a free bag of feed to feed pet the animals and more is available at any time for purchase

The animals at Glendeer

The trek round the farm runs in a continuous flow veering through local and some non native animals. Starting off with a host of pens with lots of hunger and eager, but friendly animals. The first section has goats, hens, deer, emus, ducks, monkeys and even a bearded dragon (Beware the Emus they love to peck at the hands)

The second section leads into a barn area where all the local and native pigs and lazing around and playing in the mud this area also provides a entrance into a indoor play area, which we will touch on in the another section.

Continuing round the farm leads out into the open fields. Its at this point you find the two best mate donkeys. (see below) They love the attention and are so friendly and love getting a pet. This area also has Alpacas, horses, cows and the Belted Galloway. Those not familiar with a Belted Galloway, it is a breed of Scottish cow that adapted itself to living on the poor and windy moorlands. The final one came on the biggest journey of all the Wallaby a native Australian animal.

The final area of the farm shows you meerkats and pheasants with a selection of wild birds. The meerkats love to run and play and cause a nuisance.

A visit to Glendeer Pet Farm is a fun, family day out…it’s animals interaction at its’ best!

Glendeer Website

Kids entertainment at the farm

Glendeer is packed full of kids entertainment with large outdoor play area full, of mazes, glider swings, slides and a whole host of things to keep them entertained.

The Inside areas include ball pits and slides. You will certainly have no trouble keeping the little ones entertained

The Cottage

At the back of the farm one of the unique features is this  beautifully restored 1850s cottage. With original features including fully equipped kitchen all in place.

A great feature for the farm and so well maintained and kept, all so unique.

The fairy trail

Located right at the back of the farm is the fairy trail. A peaceful nature walk that marks part of an old mass path. Kids will love finding the many fairy doors and toad stools along the trail and with the new hobbit village at the start of the trail. Find woven willow huts, some hobbit houses, swing, tight rope and a few more surprises.

Refreshments

Glendeer Pet Farm has its own on site coffee shop and cafe, serving up snacks, sandwiches, treats and refreshments. Equally there are plenty of picnic areas about to bring your own and enjoy the outside farm life as you refuel.

Details

Glendeer Pet Farm, Curryroe, Drum, Athlone, Co. Roscommon N37HY39

Phone : +353 (0)90 6437147
E-mail : info@glendeerpetfarm.ie 

Other Local Attractions

Go see the 12th century Athlone Castle located in the heart of Athlone town centre, with it’s prominent position on the rivers edge. If castles are your thing 20 minutes north your find Roscommon Castle also located just outside the town centre.

Within 20 minutes you are at the Mote Park conservation area and walking tracks. With over 1km of tracks through through the forest with bluebell walks and fairueergy.

Located on the Hudson Bay hotel site on the river only 5 minutes from Athlone lies Baysports Ireland’s largest floating waterpark. Yes that’s right floating water park, with room for toddlers and teenagers alike a whole host of obstacles and fun to be had.

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