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Fota Wildlife Park

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Address: Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: 0214812678
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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decided to go here 28th Feb, had been a few yrs ago & wasnt impressed but my boyfriend wanted to go & some people had told me it had gotten alot better, hardly any animals out... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Leixlip, Ireland
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Leixlip, Ireland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

decided to go here 28th Feb, had been a few yrs ago & wasnt impressed but my boyfriend wanted to go & some people had told me it had gotten alot better, hardly any animals out, didnt see one staff when i was walking around, just seemed dreary & was just not worth the €15 i paid in, wouldnt go... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Having been a regular visitor to Fota Wildlife Park with my children , this was my first adventure there with a group of photographer friends . The day was cold and bright , most of the animals were on the move , giving our group plenty of opportunity to get some animals in action shots !! The Tiger Forest is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were visiting cork and head some time to kill so decided to go to the park , staff were very nice and place was great and so much fun must see if your in cork

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We had a fantastic family day out here. It is so well maintained and the staff our wonderful and took the time to talk to our children about different animals. Definitely worth a visit.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I had been to Fota many years ago. On a recent visit to Cork, visited it again to see had it changed. It has but only for the better. It is a wonderful day out for all ages. I was especially impressed by the new tiger enclosure. Unfortunately, it was a bitterly cold day so some animals like the giraffes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Brilliant day out will be back in the summer to see all the animals. The monkeys are hilarious the noise of them is amazing.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A bout 12 miles from cork you can also travell by train fota is great for a day out by your self our family. The Tigers cheetas monkeys and this year the rhinos are coming and 2016 the lions look go check it out

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County Wicklow, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Little piece of exotica which is well worth a visit, especially if staying in the Fota Island Hotel.

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dublin,ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Just back from fota on a cold wet day in february. I have to agree with previous reviews that the prices are way too steep. I feel given the economy and off peak nature the management should be encouraging visitors by reduced fares. As for charging for car parking given the 15e adult entry fee, this is nothing short of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is definitely one of the must see attractions on the island of Ireland. The animals are well looked after, and are not kept in small cages or enclosures. There's lots to see and families are well catered for, with lots for the kids. I couldn't recommend it too highly.

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