Fota

Travel Guide
Fota Wildlife Park showing land animals and zoo animals as well as a small group of people

A small island in Cork Harbour, Fota Island is home to Ireland’s only wildlife park, as well as the historic Fota House and ornamental gardens.

Formerly the home of the Smith-Barry family, who arrived as part of the Norman invasion from Wales, the island’s main house was designed and built by the eccentric Vetruvius Morrison in the 1820s. The Regency mansion has more than 70 rooms and a highly acclaimed ornamental gardens full of exotic plants and extensive rose collection.

Although the house fell into disrepair, it was purchased by the Irish government and restored in the early 2000s, with responsibility for its upkeep now in the hands of the Irish Heritage Trust.

The wildlife park opened here in 1983 with the aim of preserving global wildlife in a joint venture between University College Cork and the Zoological Society of Ireland. With more than 70 species of exotic animals in open surroundings, including giraffes, ostriches and zebras, it’s a great family day out.

Lying just to the north of Great Island in the naturally occurring and beautiful Cork Harbour area, Fota Island is not technically an island and is connected to the mainland by both road and rail links. Within easy reach of the city of County Cork, it’s a popular attraction with visitors to the city and a great place to come face to face with wildlife, experience history and there’s even an 18-hole golf course for a quick round too.

Cork International Hotel
Cork International Hotel
4 out of 5
Cork Airport Business Park, Cork, Cork
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £82 per night from 9 Feb to 10 Feb
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Frankfield Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of University College Cork and Cork Opera House. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (985 reviews)
"Friendly and efficient checkin, excellent restaurant, very comfy and clean room"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2021

Cork International Hotel
Fota Island Hotel & Spa
Fota Island Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Fota Island, Fota, Cork
The price is £142 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
This family-friendly Fota hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fota Wildlife Park and Fota House Arboretum and Gardens. Titanic Experience Cobh and Cork Harbour are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (660 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel with spacious rooms/bathroom, lovely restaurant options (loved the dining experience in the Cove), friendly staff and excellent service. We didn’t try the spa (as it was a little pricey) but really enjoy walking in the grounds the next morning…completed a 7km circuit in pretty ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

Fota Island Hotel & Spa
The Metropole Hotel
The Metropole Hotel
4 out of 5
MacCurtain Street, Cork, Cork
The price is £90 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb
Located in Victorian Quarter, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork Opera House and University College Cork. Cork City Gaol and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Super bien ubicado y super bonito"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2022

The Metropole Hotel
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The Post House
The Post House
3 out of 5
23 Main Street, Kinsale, County Cork
The price is £92 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Situated in Kinsale, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Kinsale Regional Museum and Courthouse, Saint Multose Church and Desmond Castle. Charles ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
"Generally the property was very good. My only complaint being that there is little ventilation, no fans and on a warm day and evening, it was difficult to sleep. Also, facing the street, we were not able to open the windows due to late night partiers on their way who knows where. 😉"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

The Post House
3 Bedroom newly furnished cork city
3 Bedroom newly furnished cork city
3 out of 5
18 Wolfe Tone street, Cork city, Cork
Situated in Cork, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of St. Anne's Shandon Church, Cork Opera House and Cork City Gaol. University College Cork ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"The apartment itself has everything you could need while on holiday. Very clean and location is great! On street parking was very easy to find. The manager who runs the property was there waiting for us as we arrived and was extremely helpful and available if we had any questions. Highly ..."

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

3 Bedroom newly furnished cork city
Castlemartyr Holiday Lodges 3 Bed
Castlemartyr Holiday Lodges 3 Bed
4 out of 5
Castlemartyr Holiday Lodges 1, Castlemartyr, County Cork
Situated in Castlemartyr, this cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of Ballymaloe Gardens, Jameson Experience and Ballynamona Beach. Water Rock Golf Course and ...
Castlemartyr Holiday Lodges 3 Bed
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