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Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens

Fota Island | Carrigtwohill, Ireland
+353 21 481 5543
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Superb in every way

Visited last week with a wheelchair user (there is a lift). Had guided tour and lunch. The food is... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2017
Fabulous House and Gardens

The house tour is fantastic, the tour guides have a great knowledge of the house, its history, the... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2017
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Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is famous for its magnificent Regency period house, beautiful formal gardens and world renowned arboretum. It is located 12km east of Cork City on the northern shore of Cork Harbour, adjacent to Cobh. Fota House was built by the Smith Barry family and was redesigned by John "The Magnificent" Smith Barry in the 1820’s. Today you can hear Fota's legendary stories for yourself with guided tours led by a team of volunteers whose passion for heritage is contagious!Our guides will show you the grand principle rooms with their exquisite decor. A special feature is our service wing, where you can experience what life was like for the cooks, butlers, footmen and maids who supported the lavish lifestyles of the gentry. Experience the the heavenly rose garden and explore the arboretum where you will discover a host of rare and majestic trees. A key feature of our recent restoration programme is the Victorian Frameyard Garden, now one of the finest in the country. Visitors can also enjoy top class food in the cafe and browse in the gift shop, Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is a charitable organisation and is managed by the Irish Heritage Trust. Our high season is from April to September, when the house is open for public tours. A guided tour of the house is €8 per person.
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Fota Island | Carrigtwohill, Ireland

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Reviewed August 22, 2017

Visited last week with a wheelchair user (there is a lift). Had guided tour and lunch. The food is home-made & superb. The tour guides are volunteers - the lady and man we had were absolutely fascinating, knew so much and obviously loved the house....More

Thank ljdomie
Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

The house tour is fantastic, the tour guides have a great knowledge of the house, its history, the family and servants all of which were brought to life throughout the tour. The tour takes you through all aspects of the house from the beautiful entrance...More

Thank Nitsua2012
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Fota House & Gardens are very different to the adjacent attraction, Fota Wildlife Park and are a 'must-see'. We were very warmly greeted by Vincent who was friendly and pleasant and afterwards went to a lot of trouble to answer our questions about stucco-work and...More

Thank 857lulu
Reviewed August 3, 2017

Lovely old house with a great collection of antiques and paintings, Restoration has been continueing in this house for years and will be for more but looks great and is in safe hands with the volunteers that work there as well as the regular staff....More

Thank raymond s
Reviewed August 3, 2017

As is probably obvious, I'm a history and heritage fanatic so a trip to see Fota House was a must for me when I was in the area. I have to say I loved everything about it, the staff are wonderful we had a very...More

Thank HeritageRocks
Reviewed July 30, 2017

A lovely way to spend the day, we took the guided tour of the house,the guide was knowledgable and it was a lovely look back in time,small lunch at the cafe which was friendly and reasonably priced then a walk round the gardens and the...More

Thank Marian J
Reviewed July 28, 2017

Great guided tour of Fota House.Our guide really brought the history to life.I have been to Fota and the gardens often but it was my first time doing the house tour .I WOULD REALLY RECOMMEND IT.

Thank 177myni
Reviewed July 27, 2017

We visited Fota House and Gardens recently while on holiday in Ireland. It really is an unexpected Regency treasure. We were guided by Vincent who was very engaging and entertaining while at the same time full of knowledge of the house and the period. The...More

Thank Blores
Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

Attended house tour and self-guided walk around the gardens. All staff are volunteers and they could not have done more to make our visit enjoyable! Eileen, our tour guide was FANTASTIC. Her aunt had worked as a maid at the house and she has written...More

Thank Cliona N
Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful garden Lunch ok Could do with mugs instead of cheap cups for tea and coffee Staff In restaurant could be more friendly found one of the ladies to be quite abrupt when I had changed my mind on what I ordered

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