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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
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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Animals seem so happy, Staff and Veterinary Medics should take a bow.

Visited Aug 25th. Animals look so healthy and happy in this environment. Staff and Veterinary staff should take a bow as really difficult to achieve with animals taken from a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Castleisland, Ireland
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Derry, New Hampshire
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Have visited here very often & always enjoyed our visits. However, I feel compelled to comment on our visit today. Obviously, a lot of money has been spent on the new section & it looks impressive. It felt today that we were corralled into the new part, with the closure of a section of the old route. It ended up... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

€15 an adult and then charging €1 4 a map. The new part still looks like a building site. Not that many animals and then 2 add insult charging €3 2 exit the car park.

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Castleisland, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited Aug 25th. Animals look so healthy and happy in this environment. Staff and Veterinary staff should take a bow as really difficult to achieve with animals taken from a natural country of origin. Very impressed overall. A real wonder and will be returning. Kids loved it.

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Castlewellan, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We visited here with 2 teens and our 6 year old. €52 to get in. €1 for a map. Lots of space but disappointed with the lack of animals. Staff were very friendly but the zoo has a lot more animals to see. The Asian Experience just opened but has very few animals. But the real insult was that you... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Not much better than Dublin Zoo, if I'm honest! Open areas were nice, and loved the Kangaroos! Little disappointed.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If your used to Dublin zoo you'll be disappointed. Too expensive for what they offer. The place is building site at the moment really spoiled the visit. Hopefully they will make it better for the animals and visitors alike in the future.

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Baku, Azerbaijan
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

How wonderful it was to watch the animals roam almost freely! We did not purchase a map but the paths are clearly marked making it easily appreciated. The new expansion phase is still under way so maybe next visit...

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Went to Fota Island with partner and brother, It is easy access from Cork by train, There is so much to see, we were impressed with all the species they have in the zoo. It is a very cheerful place to visit, make sure you get there when you go to Cork.

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed to see the animals but since I've seen most of these animals before it wasn't all that mind blowing. Of course I knew that before we went. It's a great program, especially for younger children. ONce in a few years it's nice to go to places like this. Then again, you might have the dilemma of going to... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Best day out for anyone. Bring a picnic and stay the day. I love the new additions especially the butterfly house. Fantastic if you could be there when the animals are being fed. I love this place.

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