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Address: Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 21 481 2678
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been...

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.

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The other side of Fota

If you are going to Fota wildlife park take a little while to visit the beautiful Arboretum. This as an all year round attraction beautiful trees and a stunning walled garden... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cork, Ireland
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County Cork, Ireland
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My entrance fee was almost "waived" due to carelessness of the Wildlife staffs. I entered the park via the so-called Train entrance which at the time no one was there. My friends and I waited almost half an hour until we gave in and just got in. The in-park train service was not working so we went around the park... More 

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Thank is5027
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are going to Fota wildlife park take a little while to visit the beautiful Arboretum. This as an all year round attraction beautiful trees and a stunning walled garden. bring a picnic and avoid the tacky zoo restaurant or skip the zoo altogether. There is also a lovely cafe in the old house open in the season for... More 

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Thank maeve57
Cork, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Perfect for family and friends of all ages we went with friends and it was an amazing day in and around he animals.

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Thank Corkchef1
Cork, Ireland
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11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Has a very good wild life education tours for schools which give students a greater appreciation of wildlife

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Thank Mause11
Cork, Ireland
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fabulous place for young and old to visit, beautifully laid out and a lovely walk, play area for children

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Thank Jeanoconnell
Cork, Ireland
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've been to Fota on numerous occasions, most recently at the end of last Summer just after the rhino was 'unveiled'. There's always something new to see and usually something like face painting going on as well. I'm a sucker for animals, especially anything cute so I'd stay watching the Red Pandas all day if I was let. There's ample... More 

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Thank PHegarty
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great experience, not too far from Cork, be sure to catch the cheetah feeding time - it's really something

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Thank Jody L
Cork, Ireland
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a place to go to see all the animals going about there business and partly free to wonder around the place especially the Monkeys and the Birds. So if it's a please your looking for your young and not so young families this is must especially on a warm and sunny day. So i would recommend this place to... More 

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Thank Charlie H
County Cork, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fota is a beautiful place to visit, monkeys live on their own islands, the giraffes roam in their own large enclosure, plenty of events and activities to keep everyone in the family. It is also a 15 min drive from Cobh, beautiful town by the sea in Cork harbour

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Thank MGMooney
Cork, Ireland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fota is one of the most wonderful experiences to see rare and endangered species in as close as it may be possible to get to their natural habitat. Neither is it a once off adventure but no matter how many times we visit, there is the same sense of awe and wonder, a feeling of actually 'being with' the animals.... More 

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