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Fota Wildlife Park

Address: Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: 0214812678
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Ranked #2 of 72 Attractions in Cork
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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Clonmel, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Fota is simply a fantastic asset to the area. I can't remember the amount of times I've been as a kid. We went again recently and it's still as good as ever. To have such close access to so many animals is great. It's so much better than a regularl zoo. For kids, families or just couples on a relaxing... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Very spacious, spend a whole day here, bring a picnic or eat in restaurant, animals are roaming around, fantastic for kids, lots of play areas too. I love that Fota is always expanding, even though we go quite often we never get bored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

What a great place to take the family for a day out and my nine year old gets bored fairly easily but at fota he had a great time. We took a picnic with us and had in in the middle of the woods.we couldn't believe how many little animals past us by .we were there for hours and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic place for family's.Have had an annual pass for 5 years and our kids always want to go and always enjoy.Very leisurely walk around and nice to see the animals so freely moving without cramped enclosures. New tigers in 2014 and rhinos due 2015.This place will just get better

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Cork
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Fota wildlife park has it all for a perfect day out. Wonderful to see the animals freely roaming and a great variety for all to see and enjoy. Staff are so friendly and park is kept clean and safe. Great activities for children and the train ride is a wonderful experience for the kids. My children love seeing the kangaroos... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

myself & a few of my sisters with their kids headed for fota for a fantastic funfilled day out. the weather was glorious we got there at 1.00 and left there at almost 5.30. time just flies there, we saw the giraffes been herded up for the night as they go into a very large shed/barn. the animals were fantastic... More 

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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

On a good sunny day it's a great day out. There is a lot of walking though so not great for elderly or children, unless you have buggy or wheelchair. But great animals and great location. Spotlessly clean. Nice staff.

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County Westmeath, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Great place, I would recommend Fota to anyone. They have a great selection of animals a its good fun.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I have visited Fota Park over the last 10 years. Unfortunately it really hasn't changed in the last few years albeit they have expanded certain areas - butterfly house / tiger enclosure. For what you spend to get in - more needs to be done. Strongly suggest you wear proper hiking books / Wellies. There were areas where you have... More 

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Cork
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Fota is suitable for everyone and there's so much to see there. My kids love it but it's not just for kids. Pack a picnic and take a stroll around for a few hours enjoyment.

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