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“Lovely park, poor facilities” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park
Carrigtwohill, Ireland
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Ranked #68 of 201 Attractions in County Cork
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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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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“Lovely park, poor facilities”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2009

We've been regular visitors to Fota now for a long time. Our dd loves seeing the animls and some do get really close to you. My main complaint is the baby change situation. There are 2 for the whole park, and usually filthy dirty with plenty queue time when busy. The toilets are also grim. Horrible food in the 'restaurant', better to bring your own. Always great to see the animals but they need to improve these facilities

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“OK, but more Zoo than Safari”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2009

Expected this to be a little more open, but in reality is not much different that a modern Zoo.

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“Definitely recommend for young families.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2009

We visited Fota Wildlife park - it takes about 90 minutes to walk around slowly. There are lots of animals just wandering loose around the park which the children love. Bring 50c for the duck feed and feed the ducks too - main attraction for my toddler !

Only advice is to get there when it opens as it gets very busy and bring comfortable walking shoes. Also you need €4 in change for parking - which we didn't have and caused a bit of queue-skipping etc. to get back into the park and get change in the shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

This is a quite outstanding day out and knocks most wildlife parks into a cocked hat. The animals are not penned in (apart from the cheetahs) but are behind fairly subtle fences.
I've been on safari but have never got so close to a giraffe.
Some of the animals (llamas etc) wander around and the monkey island is fantastic.
Very attractive gardens.
It's a trip of 2-3 hours.

The only downside is the cafe which serves the usual relentless fair of burger 'n' chips etc. with little or no alternative.

Remember that the car exit needs Euro coins to leave - 3 euro at time of writing in 1 and 2 euro denominations. Unwitting patrons fumbling to change at the exit is the main source of delay in leaving.

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“My Daughter's Favorite Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2007

We daytripped to Fota from Clonakilty (about an hour to the west) on two separate visits to Ireland. Both times, it was one of the true highlights of our trip. This last time my 5 year old was along and she was absolutely entranced. The lemurs had newborns (hanging from the fur on their belly, all snuggled up) and they still let her crouch down next to them mere inches away. She was certainly close enough to touch them but was very good about not trying to (and in moving very slowly and quietly). The Cheetah run in the afternoon was amazing (they are not free-range ;-) and well executed. The various playgrounds were also helpful and in general the park appealed to everyone in our group, even the teens. I would highly recommend Fota for visitors of all ages, but it's a must-see for families with young children and Zoo enthusiasts.

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