We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 21 481 2678
Website
Today
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,971 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1185
    Excellent
  • 537
    Very good
  • 131
    Average
  • 34
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Nice day out!

Went there with my husband and our nearly 2 year old and baby, had a great day! Pity most of the animals where asleep when we passed by, but in general was a great experience. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Carmen C
,
Cork, Ireland
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

1,971 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,901: English reviews
Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went there with my husband and our nearly 2 year old and baby, had a great day! Pity most of the animals where asleep when we passed by, but in general was a great experience. We found the bar/restaurant at the back quite experience for the food quality but very child friendly, and the baby changing facilities looked fab! Toddler... More 

Helpful?
Thank Carmen C
Newbridge, Ireland
Level Contributor
137 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Spent my 30th here with friends and had a fantastic day. You can see so many animals and they all look well taken care of. Beautiful place and very reasonably priced too at 15.50 per adult.

Helpful?
Thank Tracey N
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came to ur park on a day out we stayed at a near by hotel and got the passes included in the deal great bargain had lots of fun along with the kids was here about 2 yrs ago big improvements going on since our last trip the place is looking great well done to all

Helpful?
Thank tammydwyer
Crossgar, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fota Wildlife park was an excellent day out. Plenty of different animals, all verily active, well set out and good signage inside.

Helpful?
Thank bluebandit600s
Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fota wildlife park is an excellent day out. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes to get up close with animals, of course you don't have to get up close if you don't want to! but the one difference between Fota and most Zoo's is the fact that a lot of the animals roam free (obviously not the... More 

Helpful?
Thank PaulyWauly2013
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've never been one for visiting zoos as I just hate seeing animals in captivity in such cramped circumstances, but visiting Fota Wildlife Park was a joy both to me and to my family. We were lucky to have been there during the official feeding times and found the staff to be most informative and interactive. The animals seemed content... More 

Helpful?
Thank Dermot A
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice tour especially with kids. Not spectacular but worth a visit, particularly on a sunny day. Sometimes the animals hide themselves behind trees and hedges. But that's nature!

Helpful?
Thank Marboldtina44
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic day out, a must for everyone old or young . A real day out, why not travel down on the train early, take in the wonderful gardens and bring a picnic, and after lunch walk around the wildlife park and soak up the great outdoors atmosphere

Helpful?
Thank Luke O
Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an ideal day out for everybody. Not just families but couples, singles, everybody. The entry fee was a bit expensive also the cafe at the far end of the park, was not good value for what we got. But overall the park is most enjoyable. Tip: Stay in the park until five pm and be there for feeding... More 

Helpful?
Thank bredalooney
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a treat to go back to FOTA. Hadn't visited since I was a kid, and my other half had never been. A glorious day. I highly recommend getting a map, not due to Any chance of getting lost but because you don't want to miss a single thing. It's magical there. We got No feeling of institutionalisation like in... More 

Helpful?
Thank Heather S

Travelers who viewed Fota Wildlife Park also viewed

 

Been to Fota Wildlife Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Fota Wildlife Park and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question
Los Alamitos, California
Cork, Ireland
Frankfurt, Germany
over a year ago
County Cork, Ireland
over a year ago

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Fota Wildlife Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?