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Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
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Ranked #6 of 84 Attractions in Cork
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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Cork, Ireland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I've been here so many times! With family, friends and just as a couple, and I've enjoyed every single time. Great place to pass a day with lots to see! We normally bring a picnic and there's plenty of space. Animals always look happy and there are feeding times and talks throughout the day. Staff are friendly and always available... More

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Ireland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We hadn't been to Fota since having kids so had forgotten how great it was and how much new things they have added. Firstly the grounds are immaculate and there are lots of activities for kids with great playgrounds, art and craft tents... not to mention the animals. You can bring your own food though there are cafes on site.... More

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wicklow
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This would have to be one of Cork's best attractions, It is a Wildlife Park where animals have a sense of freedom to roam, great to see lemurs and small monkeys wandering around and sharing paths with visitors, child friendly, fantastic giraffe reserve as you enter, unlike the Dublin Zoo, this place has more open spaces and given it's location,... More

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Cork, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Fota is a fabulous day out for all ages. We often bring our grandkids here for a day out and they never get bored, there is loads to see. Lovely picnic areas and you can also but food in the restaurant or shop. A must do!

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Limerick, Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

You can't go wrong with fota wildlife park when you have young children. Very well maintained and well staffed. Animals are well cared for and the facilities are good. The park has been extended since we were last here and it seems that they will be extending it again by 2015. Second time here and won't be the last.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We are regulars here since I can remember. It's fab and plenty close up views of the animals. It's slightly pricey but definitely worth it . the conservation tickets are fantastic annual value. Bring a picnic as food at the cafe can be hit and miss. All in all very enjoyable.

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New York
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Can't recommend Fota enough. Great zoo for families, you don't feel like the animals have been imprisoned like in some zoos. Amazing to have a family of lemurs walk right by you or have a kangaroo feed within touching distance (I didn't touch it!). My little boy wouldn't leave until he fell asleep in my arms! Dress for all weathers... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Great place to visit on a sunny day, loads to see, lovely park, great to see animals in a more natural habitat than a traditional zoo.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The weather was great so that helped but it was very nice the gardens are very well managed and the cafe serves nice coffee and food, a nice day out

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Loved it all. Great selection of animals to see and well worth the journey. Go early as it takes +4 hours to get through it. Bring rain-jackets in case there is a chance of rain as you are quite exposed to the elements when walking around. Restaurant wise - mainly fast food is available so possibly think about bringing your... More

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