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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
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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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February visit

It was our first visit to Fota Island and we had a great time! The kids loved it and it was very enjoyable to be there at a quiet time (early February). Price is very fair too... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Kateandcharles
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Doolin, Clare, Ireland
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Doolin, Clare, Ireland
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was our first visit to Fota Island and we had a great time! The kids loved it and it was very enjoyable to be there at a quiet time (early February). Price is very fair too, we'll definitely be back!

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Berkeley, California
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

With almost half a million visitors per year, Fota is currently the second largest visitor attraction in Ireland outside of Leinster. And yet I’d never been, partly because I find zoos depressing more often than not. Even San Diego zoo, the last one I’d visited, was not as spacious or humane as I would have liked. But Fota lives up... More 

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Thank jkaybay
Cork, Ireland
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Brought a group of girls aged 5 to 7 got our own tour guide . . The girls got to see behind the scenes heard all the stories about the animals e.g. Monkeys heading off on roof of trains etc. . So clean well laid out park . . I highly recommend it for all. . Enjoy

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Thank MadgeM64
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit, new Asian enclosure in particular is fabulous Keep up the hard work! A must see in cork

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Thank shinners33
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A truly wonderful place to see the animals roaming around as if it was their own habitat.totally opposite to a Zoo.Truly Amazing.Well worth a visit.Fota has it's own railway station from Cork City.

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Thank Kieran O
Cork
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Park is large and well maintained. There is a lot of different species but the best fun we had with lemurs. They run around open area and will gove You a hug for a piece of fruit. Cheetahs chasing piese of meat at their full speed are quite impressive. Generally good fun for kids up to age 10 and... More 

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Thank Dominik N
Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Generally not a fan of zoos and animals in enclosures, but this was a pleasant surprise. Animals have large spaces to roam and appear well looked after. My little one loved being able to see and hear them close up in the flesh. Family friendly and a lovely day out, within great ease of access from the train station

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went in December. It is a great place to walk and get in touch with nature. Enjoyed the Winter Wonderland market and the hot coffee.

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Thank JaneD3339
Limerick, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went there with friends recently on a partucularly wet day, weather aside it was still an enjoyable few hours. There was very few staff to be seen, but those that we did encounter couldn't have been more helpful with information. I would suggest bringing food as what food is there is only okay considering the price. Perhaps because we went... More 

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Thank MissDayTripper
County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Foto island is well worth a visit. There is lots of animals for the children to see. There is a lovely walk around the grounds but if u have small children there is a train that drives around every half hour so they can go on the train.Would highly recommended the restaurant there too.Good seating there and lots of choices... More 

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