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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
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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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Great wildlife park

An excellent day out. Plenty to see and no hills to walk up. The animals are well placed and my son really enjoyed the visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
John M
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Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

An excellent day out. Plenty to see and no hills to walk up. The animals are well placed and my son really enjoyed the visit.

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Thank John M
Dublin, Ireland
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to visit with young kids - we were lucky enough to arrive on a sunny day. Lots of walking so bring a buggy for young children. But far less animals than Dublin zoo although the park is improving all the time

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Thank Jill K
County Waterford, Ireland
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Family day out. Wonderful weather so it was very comfortable walking around. There is a train that goes around the full park all the time it is very handy if you have small children or children or adults in wheelchairs. You have many picnic areas with seating and ice creams stops. In the middle of the park there is a... More 

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Thank Marcella P
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fota is one of my all time favorite places to visit.I have been going there for years and It is always a great experience. There is a very open feel to this park with some animals wandering around freely (Lemurs, meerkats ,peacocks,etc.) as they wish and not all in cages. The park is also cheap and is easily accessible through... More 

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Thank Caroline O
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unhappy with the amount of animals on view. Large areas seemed deserted. Had good publicity before hand but gone down hill compare to a couple of years ago. Price was ok

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Thank Daniel C
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The park is a work in progress, the first half is modern but back towards the back is very dated. Costs to get in, the price is fare but the 3 euro exit at the gate is a joke. While at the Wildlife park you must visit Fota house and gardens.

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Thank Theo S
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great selection of animals and plenty of areas to have your own picnic. The walk is just enough for young children. Great parking facilities not a huge walk from the park.

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Thank Claire G
Cork, Ireland
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent train trip from the city to fota and then basking in animal glory. Fun day indeed with friends

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Thank Gourmets_den
Cork, Ireland
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this is the best place to go for a day out with the children they can really get to know the animals where they come from and see them first hand if you wont to bring a picnic there are lovely grounds to sit and eat your food you can all so eat at the restaurant it is very reasonable... More 

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Thank johannakenny2
Portadown, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our day out with the kids, saw lots of animals close up. Staff very pleasant and helpful too.

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