Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is temporarily closed. Please check directly on their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is the home of the big zoo animals including African Elephants, White Rhinos, Giraffes, Lions, Giant Anteater and Spectacled Bears. You’ll be amazed at the variety of nature you’ll see with over 100 species of animals, set in 100 acres of Somerset countryside. They are now open 7 days a week, with a short closure over the Christmas period and will be open in between Christmas and New Year.
During lockdown, the team developed a Noah’s Ark Farm Shop located at the top of the car park selling a wonderful range of local produce including cheese, chutney’s, jams, local meat gifts and seasonal products such as Christmas trees, gift hampers and wreaths.
To protect visitors, staff and animals, they have made some changes to assist with social distancing, which are listed in full on their website. They are working within the guidelines of the Rule of Six and are limiting sales to groups of no more than 6.
- Timed entry tickets must be purchased online prior to your visit
- Limited visitors’ numbers on site to assist with social distancing
- Additional toilets and handwashing stations
- Card payment only at food kiosks and shop
- All indoor areas including animal houses are currently closed
- Indoor play facilities are not currently open
- Additional covered outdoor areas
Please refer to their website here for full details – Covid-19
Countdown to Christmas
Wrap up warm and join in with the Countdown for Christmas Advent Calendar Trail around the zoo for a chance to win a family Reindeer adoption worth £90*. Find the 25 Christmas designs around the zoo to learn a festive fact and find ideas of some exciting Christmas Acts from singing Christmas Songs to reminiscing about Christmas Journeys. The trail contains lots of Christmas activity ideas to do at home or at the zoo focussing on promoting the wellbeing of those visiting the zoo and those at home.
For those of you who can’t visit the zoo this year, follow the festive social media advent calendar to nominate others to win some fantastic prizes!
Interactive Keeper Talks
During this time, the team are able to offer a reduced timetable of activities. This includes the outdoor Birds of Prey Display, African Lions Keeper Talk and Elephant Keeper Talk.
The outdoor play areas are open to the public. Social distancing measures have been put in place together with additional cleaning and hand sanitizing stations. This includes:
- Wallaby Hill play zone
- Zip Wire
- Termite Mound play zone
- Elephant Slide
- Ark for All inclusive Play
- Outdoor trampolines
- Sand Pit
They are unable to open our Welly Splash at this time.
The indoor play areas remain closed until further notice.
Food and Catering
The award-winning café will still be serving scrumptious treats through a reduced menu and take-away only service. In addition to the Food Barn, there are kiosks around the site that are open at weekends and peak periods for hot drinks and snacks.
Please see their new menu online and for food allergens.
If you would like to pack a picnic, that’s fine but they ask you to bring this into the zoo when you enter to avoid re-entering the zoo. Picnic tables will be available throughout the site.
Keeper Experiences & Encounters
Following the current restrictions, all keeper experiences and encounters have been suspended until further notice. They are currently selling a very limited number of experiences for delivery in 2021.
They have embarked on a long-term accessibility program, ‘Ark For All’. The first completed phase was opened by Andy Lewis, MBE, Paralympian. These facilities include a Changing Places toilet, complete with hoist and changing bed (access with a Radar Key), accessible play equipment including a wheelchair accessible roundabout, basket swings and child-friendly accessible animal signs. They offer complimentary hire of wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be hired for a small cost. Please read our Access Guide on our website or call the friendly team.
They are currently offering a disabled priority access to the zoo to avoid having to join the queue. This is located by the Ticket Office and is signed. A member of staff will be able to assist you at this time.
Tractor rides and Birthday Parties
They are currently unable to offer tractor rides or birthday parties at this time.
They would like to thank all supporters of the Zoo at this time and ask all guests to take care to follow the additional signage, observe social distancing and the wearing of face coverings at the Shop, Take-away café and new Farm Shop.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is now open 7 days a week with short closure for Christmas at 4pm on 23 December reopening for the 28-31 December. We will be closed on New Year’s Day, resuming operation on the 2 January 7 days a week. Please see website for more details.
All tickets, including those for free essential carers and under 2’s must be purchased online prior to your arrival to aid with restricting the number of visitors on site. Prices are seasonal, please check the website ticket prices.
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|Open (9 Jan 2021 - 17 Dec 2021)|
* Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is now open 7 days a week (10.30am - 5.00pm) with short closure for Christmas at 4pm on 23 December and reopening 2 January 2021. Please see website for more details.
The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.
Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit
- VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
- Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) 2013
- Bristol Tourism & Hospitality Award Sustainable Tourism Winner 2013 2014
- Regional and Miscellaneous Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge 2015
- Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2020
- AA Awards AA COVID Confident Scheme 2020
- Gift Shop
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Please contact Noah's Ark to discuss your requirements
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Please contact Noah's Ark to discuss your requirements
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
Children & Infants
- Facilities for children
- Cater for groups
- Conference facilities
- Approx length of visit - All day normally but at least three - four hours.
- Film or TV location
- In countryside
- Indoor Attraction
- Max group size - Unlimited
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- On Bus Route
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free - Essential carer for disabled visitors gain free entry
- Booking essential - For groups, school and birthday parties
- Min group size - 10 people
- Special group rates - Please contact Noah's Ark to discuss your requirements
- TIC Staff Admitted Free - Please contact before hand to arrange visit
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Tours and Demonstrations
- Demonstrations Given
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Groups Accepted - Various size rates
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good375
- garry43bristolTrip Type:FamilyAwful weather, but such a great place, the G/children had a lovely afternoon.Thursday, 29th October 2020Great variety of animals and things to do. Despite wind and rain showers, g/children had a great day Read full review
- VikkiB279St Austell, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyAmazing day out, better than most zoos!Friday, 30th October 2020The day before we visited noahs ark we went to paignton zoo and 100% this was a better day out! The animals were amazing they have all the big ones you hope to see at the zoo and you can actually... Read full review
- MO71289Bristol, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyQuiet trip and shy animalsMonday, 16th November 2020Our son loved seeing the elephants but lots of animals not around. Giraffes and rhinos and zebras couldn’t be seen which were big attractions. Giraffe enclosure was gravel and concrete which was... Read full review