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Fota Wildlife Park

#1 of 151 things to do in Cork Features Animals
Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 481 2678
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Family trip

Very, Very good . Fantastic day out with a family when you have small children. Not to big, but not... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Galway, Ireland
LOVE Fota!!

I'm not a Zoo person. But, Fota is a beautiful, expansive, home for an array of animals. Nothing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Western Ireland, Ireland
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Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City (top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010').The park is not like an ordinary zoo; here you can come face to face with free roaming animals & birds from all parts of the world. So whether it's a kangaroo that hops in front of you or a ring tailed lemur which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories.In addition to the wonderful array of free roaming animals, visitors also have the opportunity to see highly endangered species such as the Rothschild giraffe, European Bison, Lion Tailed Macaque and Scimitar Horned Oryx, most of them without the obstacle of fenced-in exhibits.This is the most spectacular aspect of Fota Wildlife Park, and is the reason you'll want to spend a full day exploring Ireland's Wildest Attraction.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 481 2678
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very, Very good . Fantastic day out with a family when you have small children. Not to big, but not small is well . Lovely rest points where you can buy tea , fresh made pizza or Asian food. For thous who got tired you...More

Thank SovaZ
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm not a Zoo person. But, Fota is a beautiful, expansive, home for an array of animals. Nothing like I've seen in the States. A must stop for families when in the area!!

Thank X8131ZHmaryr
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fota is a great days outing for all the family, both young and old. There is never any rush or panic, or overcrowding like other places. We try and make Fota an annual visit.

Thank Seamus O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice place to spend a couple of hours. Easy to get there and back into the city centre. Cobh train has its own Fota Island stop right at the entrance. The train stop is painted with animal prints which was cute! The animals have lots...More

Thank ShannonG801
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loved Fota Wildlife Park. Would recommend giving it a visit if staying in Cork. Spend at least 3/4 hours here and i enjoyed every minute if it.

Thank Martina N
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

FOTA offers a great variety of animals and activities for kids and teenagers. They have an extensive amount of animals from all over the world!

Thank Zoe K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I brought our grandchildren here and found it to be a lovely safe place for the children to walk around. We enjoyed our trip but it might be an idea to provide more interactive activities for the children as they did get...More

Thank WicklowTownTilly
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We brought our 2 year old and his little brother to fota as the bigger one loves animals I wasn't expecting a lot as I had been there years ago and didn't like it but woow with the money that has been but into it...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful place, so spacious, lovely view of the animals, lovely playground by the restaurant and the train back from the restaurant was very welcome for short legs. The reason I gave 4 stars instead of is that the food in the restaurant was very expensive...More

Thank Catherine083
Reviewed 5 days ago

Last Saturday my husband and myself with our three grandchildren visited Fota. Prices are expensive, you also pay €3.00 to exit the car park. You would definitely want to allow most of the day, we walked half the way, we brought a picnic there are...More

Thank Mary C
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4 June 2017|
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Response from kettquinlan |
Trains are about every half hour
Barry M
29 May 2017|
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Response from Jon B | Reviewed this property |
I'd say yes. It's a pretty well surfaced circular path.
Alexis V
3 March 2017|
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Response from Eamon M | Reviewed this property |
no there is different prices for adults, students and children