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Fota Wildlife Park

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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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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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This park is well laid out and well put together. There are large open enclosures where different species share space. The giraffes and zebra are together with ostrich and smaller... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

This park is well laid out and well put together. There are large open enclosures where different species share space. The giraffes and zebra are together with ostrich and smaller creatures. We enjoyed being there early on a Monday when it was very quiet. There are plenty of signs and information. The peacocks and birds are lovely and come very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A great family day out in our opinion. We went hee with 2 small kids and we had a great day. Lots to see and do!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Second time to Foto and we were blessed with the gorgeous weather on the day, blue skies all day helped to show the park off to it's best. The only thing is there isn't much shade when the sun is out and it's quiet warm so make sure you have hats etc. if bringing the kids. The park is extending... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

WE are annual members of Fota Wildlife park, even since moving further away we have kept our membership as it offers such good value. The park is beautiful. The landscaping is great and the animals are given so much space and care. The recent expansion has really added to the park and it's on a par with any I've visited... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Coming from an American standpoint, it was pretty damn cool wandering around the grounds with the animals. I had a freak out moment when I thought a Mara, the largest rodent in the world, had escaped its enclosure...to my disbelief I realized that they had access to the grounds along with several other types of marsupials.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The park was really good and the layout was very easy to follow and get around. There is a train that takes you around the park (which is very handy when the weather isn't great) and you are able to look outside at all the animals as you pass them. There is a great duck feeding facility you can avail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a phenomenal place. So different to a typical zoo. They have many animals freely roaming and you won't find a larger amount of cheetah's in Europe (I would suspect anyway!). Be sure and watch the cheetah run that happens each day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We went here yesterday, very impressive set-up at the moment with plenty of wildlife! Looks like they are doing allot of work to expand the site also so looking forward to the new attractions that are coming!! Animals all look to be treated very well!! Well worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Went during the week in May so it was a little bit quieter then at the weekend, so was perfect. Loads to see and do. 3 play grounds dotted around for the kids to break up all the walking. Food was good. Only negative was the state of the toilets on the far side of the park. Also charging 1... More 

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

Super place for all the family, great range of animals, perfect place for kids to run around well done keep up good work

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