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Fota Wildlife Park

Address: Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: 0214812678
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Ranked #3 of 69 Attractions in Cork
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Galway, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

we went with 3 and 5 year old, was good fun for all of us. we took a 'train' one on the way back and it was a relief. it's really cool place.

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Edenton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Absolutely love Fota Park!! Plenty to see and a great way to spend the day! This was my first time at a park/zoo where many of the animals are free to roam - really loved the experience of being able to see them a little more closely without a fence in between to mess up photos. They appeared content and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This place is lovely got the tickets free with a weekend long stay at nearby hotel with my bf . Hadn't been there since I was young

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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Fota is a brilliant way to spend a day, not only is there animals a plenty but there is also food available and of course a play area. The size lends itself to a lovely walk which is good for fitness and allows the visitors the option to look at their favourite enclosures secondly or more frequently if needs be.... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Convenient parking - although you can go there by train! Beautifully managed facility - your kids will love this!

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Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The wildlife park itself it great with lots to see and activities for kids. However, the facilities are poor. The baby changing area at the far end of the park was disgusting. I don't think the changing table was cleaned in weeks. Had poop smeared on it! The cafe at the far end of the park mainly serves fast food.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Better than Dublin zoo. Animals seemed happy, a really nice walk in a loop seeing many exotic and interesting animals. There is an amazing butterfly hut as well.

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Cork, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Absolutely amazing for both yound and old. The animals fascinate everyone, all ages. The cheetah run at 4pm is very interesting although I did kind of feel as much as theyre trying to keep them in a natural habitat of hunting, they looked bored with the run now, but I guess theres not much they can do about that. Food... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Went there with the kids price is high I think 50€ for a family plus 2 € for car park on the way out there is lots to see food price is high as well so bring your own lots of spots to sit down and eat a good day out kids of all ages will love it

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Great for kids , young and old. Love the monkeys and giraffes . Good idea to bring a picnic. Good play area for kids . Good coffee and shop.

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