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Address: Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 21 481 2678
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10:30 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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FANTASTIC

brilliant for kids and adults. loads of flora and fauna for everyone. would defo come again with a group. The cheetah run is great for kids to see a bit of the wild in action!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

brilliant for kids and adults. loads of flora and fauna for everyone. would defo come again with a group. The cheetah run is great for kids to see a bit of the wild in action!

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Oranmore, Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Interesting wildlife park concept which kids will totally love. Big enough for making a full day out.

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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and I along with some friends took a day trip to Fota recently. Despite the misty weather our experience was very good. The grounds are kept immaculately and theres a nice little coffee shop for re fueling after all the walking!

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Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I love this place, it was my second time here last summer but the first was about 15 years ago and a lot has changed since then. I just like this place more than the zoo mainly because I feel its more natural for the animals and they have much more room and freedom to roam.

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Kelso, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Went here with 4yr old and 18mth old and 5 adults and we all enjoyed the visit. The park is not too big to walk around but we did use the safari road train to take some of the strain. It's not a massive place and some of the animals in the enclosures can be pretty well hidden. Also, development... More 

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Lovely walk around wildlife. We went on a Friday, nice and quiet. Easy to find. Lovely weather made it even better. Restaurant is limited with food, but nice tea!

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Cork
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Your must visit place when you are in Cork County. The parking is 2 or 3 your I don't remember. Gardens are for free. tickets for wildlife park very expensive, but if you like animals, you will see that they are there happy.

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

lovely park, great to see animals roaming about and lots of wonderful bird life, Son now thinks he's a gibbon so thats good :)

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Delvin, Westmeath, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

There's just a fabulous ambience about fota compared to its counterparts elsewhere. The animals seem Happier and you don't feel like your constantly being badgered to buy something! There mot a vending machines or ice cream.cart every 100metres! The new areas are fantastic and a breath of fresh air for returning customers :) keep up.the good work!

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Fun day out for all family. Fota Wildlife park is a nice place to walk around, the animals are in close proximity and easily seen. The children can enjoy two play areas. There are picnic areas and and a couple of cafe's where food can be purchased. Bathroom facilities are very clean and car park is a two minute walk... More 

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