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Glendeer Pet Farm
Ireland's Best Loved Open Farm!
Contact: 090 643 71 47
Address: Glendeer Pet Farm, Curryroe, Drum, Athlone, County: Roscommon

About Glendeer

Glendeer Pet Farm is an award winning 12 acre open farm situated in the heart of Ireland. Glendeer provides a safe and carefree environment for children of any age.

The farm itself comprises of 6 acres and an additional 6 acres of a nature walk which was once an old mass path. The farm has over 50 species of animals but new ones are always arriving, such as Rio our yellow and blue Macaw!

An 1850′s restored cottage also provides great memories to some and an education to the younger generation.

Glendeer Farm is a fantastic day out for families, groups and school tours. It is both fun and educational and a great opportunity to interact with both farm & exotic animals. Children are provided with a bag of food to feed the goats, sheep, emu, donkeys, cows, llama and lots more animals. No matter what the weather conditions are, there is always something to do as there is a lot of facilities undercover. Visit the indoor farm pets, the indoor suspended play area and the coffee shop which all provide shelter and entertainment.

Bring along a packed lunch to enjoy a picnic or avail of our café. The staff and animals at Glendeer Farm look forward to welcoming you!

Summer Season Cost: €8 per adult & €8 per child (under 18 months are free).

Apologies for any inconvenience but debit or credit cards are not accepted!

Don’t forget your Camera!!!!

Birthday Parties at Glendeer

An ideal birthday party venue in Athlone.

Glendeer Pet Farm is the ideal location for your birthday party in Athlone or any other special event such as Communions or Confirmations.

A private party room can be reserved for your event to ensure you have a enjoyable & relaxed day!

We provide a safe and entertaining environment where the kids can choose to play with the animals and hold the puppies or let off steam in the playground while the party is being organised.

To Book your Birthday Party call us on 090 6437147

Ireland’s Lapland

Christmas time is a special time on Glendeer Pet Farm. The team at Glendeer Pet Farm transform the whole place into Ireland’s Lapland.

When you arrive at our farm be mesmerised by the thousands of twinkling lights and festive décor. Make sure to get there on time to get a chance to see Santa arrive by horse drawn sleigh on the first day. See his real live deer Dancer & Prancer and some of his elves busy in the workshop! There is an animated snow scene & a crib with a live cow & donkey. On your way to visit Santa you will get to see all the animals including the llama, ostrich, deer, goats, emu, donkeys, sheep, monkeys and lots more animals & birds, while enjoying yuletide music which sets a magical Christmas atmosphere. You will also get the chance to meet our smaller animals that love to be cuddled and petted, like our rabbits, puppies and kittens. These are a favourite amongst our little visitors & keep them busy while they queue up to see Santa.There is also an indoor sand area with diggers & our NEW indoor Skywalk play area to keep the children entertained.

Children will get a little bag of food to feed the animals as they make their way over to visit Santa, have a chat with him & receive a gift.

Cost: Adults €8 & Children €16 (includes visit to Santa & a gift)

Apologies for any inconvenience but we can not take debit or credit cards!

Opening times: Monday – Friday 4pm – 7pm. Saturday & Sunday 3pm – 7pm.

Booking not required – tickets available on arrival.

Glendeer Pet Farm is CLOSED until the 5th of April 2014!  

Looking forward to seeing you all in the Summer Season!

2014 Events Our Open / Closed Dates:

Open April 5th to 28th Sept 2014 for Summer Season 

Annual Easter Egg Hunts Easter Sat 19th, Sun 20th & Mon 21st April @ 3pm

Admission: €8 per adult & €8 per child (under 18 months are free)

Closed from 29th Sept to 24th Oct 2014

NEW: Halloween: Reopen 25th of October – 2nd of November for our FUN, SPOOKTASTIC, EERIE Halloween Adventure 

Closed from 3rd Nov – 28th Nov 2014

December: Open Sat 29th November when Santa arrives by horse drawn sleigh @5pm to Ireland’s Lapland and will be here everyday until 23rd Dec.

NB: We update our Farm Diary so please check back throughout the year for any updates to our special events!


Christmas Lapland
Glendeer is transformed into Ireland’s Lapland for the month of December, starting with Santa’s arrival by horse drawn sleigh @ 5pm. He is here everyday with his deer Dancer and Prancer. Reflect at the crib with a live cow and donkey, soak up the magical, festive atmosphere surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights & plenty of Christmas scenes including our winter wonderland. Children get to pet & feed all the animals, but don’t forget to wrap up warm as it might even snow!!! And most importantly children will visit Santa & get a gift, so don’t forget your camera! 

Ireland’s Lapland Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 4pm – 7pm & Saturday – Sunday: 3pm – 7pm

Cost: Adults €8 and children €16 (includes visit to Santa. Children under 18 months are free unless they want to visit Santa and get a gift, then there is a charge of €8.

Group bookings during the day by appointment, special rates available!

School Tours

Have your school tour at Glendeer and have lots of fun with your friends on our farm!
Glendeer Farm is the ideal setting for your school tours, school trip or pre-school groups etc.
An outing to Glendeer Farm is not only very interactive & great fun but also educational too, the children will learn about domestic & exotic animals & also about Irish history when thy visit Jack’s 1850s cottage.
All catered for by appointment.

Contact Kevina or Phil:
Tel : + 353 (0) 90 6437147

Special Needs Group Outings

Glendeer Pet Farm is a great location for your special needs outing as it is wheelchair friendly & very interactive.
You will get to feed, pet & even hold the puppies & rabbits. See how people react to the animals & see how they will make you smile with their funny animal antics.
Bring a picnic with you & have an enjoyable & relaxed day!

We provide a safe and entertaining environment where the kids can choose to play with the animals and hold the puppies or enjoy the indoor & outdoor play areas.  It is a suitable venue whatever the weather as a lot of the animals are also undercover.

Tv Programmes & Awards
Since the petting farm opened they have been featured on numerous TV programmes:

  • RTE’s Ear to The Ground
  • RTE’s No Frontiers
  • RTE’s Nationwide
  • RTE’s Seoige show
  • TV3 News
  • RTE’s Disney Club (RTE2)
  • Let’s Do It (early 9o’s)
  • Start Your Own Business programme (early 1990′s).

We have also won several awards:

  • 2010 – The Primary Times Magazine Top 10 Places to visit Santa
  • 2009 -Top 5 Open Farms in Ireland in 4Kids Magazine
  • 2001 – Fáilte Ireland Hospitality Award 2001
  • 1994 & 1993 – Family Farm of the Year Awards
  • 1992 – Phil O’Connell won the Calor Housewife of the Year Award

Contact Us at Glendeer Pet Farm, Curryroe, Drum, Athlone, Co.Roscommon 

Phone: +353 (0)90 6437147  

E-mail : 

Summer Season Cost: €8 per adult & €8 per child (under 18 months are free)

Open: Mon - Sat 11am to 6pm & Sun 12pm to 6pm.

Apologies for any inconvience but we don’t have the facilities to accept debit or credit cards! Location & Directions:

How to get here!
From the Dublin/Longford side of Athlone
Follow the signs for Galway until you are on the M6 (Athlone by-pass). Take Exit 13(Tuam/Monksland exit), (if you miss this turn you will end up on the motorway & there are no slipways off until you reach Ballinasloe). After taking Exit 13, you come to a roundabout, take the 2nd exit (signposted Drum) and continue on to another roundabout where you take the 1st exit (Drum), just after that roundabout you take the next turn right for Drum and the farm is 2 miles (3kms) up the road on the left hand side.
From the Roscommon Road
Continue straight through the roundabout at Ganly’s Hardware Store (signposted Athlone), keep going straight until you come to a T-junction, turn 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 2 miles (3kms) up that road on the left.
From the Galway side of Athlone (motorway)
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 2 miles (3kms) up the road on the left hand side.
From the Galway side of Athlone (old Ballinasloe/Athlone road, N6)
Head for Athlone from Ballinasloe on the old road-R446, signposted Ballydangan from the round-about just outside of Ballinasloe on the Dublin/East side. Continue for about 12 miles, look out for a sign for ‘Glendeer Pet Farm next turn left’, take that left turn for Drum and the farm is 2 miles (3kms) up that road on the left hand side. (If you miss that left turn for Drum and come to roundabout you are gone too far so just go right around the roundabout and turn back onto the road you came from and take the next right turn and the farm is 2 miles up that road).

Please contact us if you need assistance with directions:
Phone : +353 (0)90 6437147
E-mail :

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