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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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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: 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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Best place in cork

I've lived in cork my whole life and this is one of my favourite places in the city. Great for families and friends, a fantastic day out. This is a must for newcomers and you'll... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I've lived in cork my whole life and this is one of my favourite places in the city. Great for families and friends, a fantastic day out. This is a must for newcomers and you'll be supporting a great cause by visiting. Please support this park

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Overall a great day out however I think they are putting the hand into your pocket a little too deep. Upon arrival it's €45 for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids, thats fine and I understand that however they then expect you to pay €1 for a map of the park once inside and you have to pay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Lovely day out and its right by the train stop! The animals seem to be treated very well. I would say that they need another Rhino as soon as possible because this one is looking a bit lonely. I love the Asian sanctuary even though it's not completed as of yet. A brilliant array of animals from all over the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Fota wildlife park is lovely, very well kept and it's great to see the investment and development to the new areas which look fab. Just one quibble, €3 for the car park & €1 for a map of the park, on top of your entry ticket is a bit sneeky, it's not like the parking is in a built up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

You get to see animals enjoying the open space, giraffes, zebras, gibbons, macaws. Cheetahs caged but lots of place to move. Islands for gibbons where the frolicked, swung from ropes and trees. Amazing was a peacock, with its feathers in full glory moving fearlessly amongst the crowd and guess what not afraid of selfies!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the proximity to the animals, very clean and well maintained. The train journey around the park was nice and could accomodate all the family it does cost extra which I thought was unnecessary on top of the entrance fee. Nice picnic area , advice bring your own snacks as the cafe/restaurant is a bit expensive especially with children. Well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I decided to visit Fota wildlife park on our last day in Cork/Blarney area. It was about 30minute drive from where we were staying and we were so glad we visited!! From what I can remember it is €3 to pay on your way out of the carpark so remember to keep some change spare. In general... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This was one of my favorite places to visit while in Cobh. What a neat park! It's almost indescribable. It's so open and beautiful and spacious. It was truly a delight! Yes, there was construction going on while we visited. But you can tell the progress will be wonderful and it wasn't an eyesore or a distraction from the park.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Had been years ago and didn't think much, however the park has been massively revamped, with work still on-going. The new think and tiger enclosures are very impressive. Only drawback for us was the ticket price

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is a large park where most of the animals wander in open spaces, and it has a very large selection of animals. You can walk or take a train ride around it, and there is plenty of space for picnicking. There is ongoing development of the park and overall it is a great day out.

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Additional Information about Fota Wildlife Park

Address: Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 21 481 2678
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 9

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