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Review of Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park
Ranked #73 of 392 things to do in County Cork
Certificate of Excellence
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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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co clare
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32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013

had a great day in fota wildlife park on Thursday 10th oct
were there at feeding time starts around 4pm staff very
helpful, lots of animals roaming free, a great family day
out, kids love running around among animals, will go

Visited October 2013
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“Great day!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Loads to see. Easy to find your way around. Canteen/shop was good, but not enough places to sit. Same if its busy and rainy. Not enough places inside.
Because there's no large fences even our two year olds could enjoy without ending up on someone's shoulders.

Visited October 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 336 helpful votes
“A walk on the wild side ....”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Spent a lovely warm September afternoon enjoying the surroundings in Fota Wildlife Park. Trains for Fota leave from Cobh and cost €7.50 return for an adult. The train drops you right at Fota and it's only a few paces paces to the gates of the park from the train platform. Fota is a sprawling estate and the animals are living in very spacious surroundings. At first glance it appears that all animals are roaming freely (some of the smaller ones are – more about them later), but it’s just the way the park is laid out that makes it appear this way. Large and dangerous animals are behind fencing that is not always easy to see, and visitors are perfectly safe. There is a novelty train with a few carriages that takes visitors around the park. It’s €1 for a single trip and €2 for a return. It’s a great way to see everything in the park and also helps to provide a break for tired legs!! There are plenty of animals on the islands in the lakes as well, and they are very easy to see. There are small animals which are allowed to run about freely in the grounds – the Lemurs being one and the Maras being another. You can look these up on the internet if you’d like to see what they look like. The Maras are very quiet and a little timid, mostly keeping to themselves. The Lemurs are the opposite, they are adorable, funny and cheeky, and they dash about the place in groups staring inquisitively at visitors. Feeding the animals is forbidden but be careful if you open a snack whilst in view of the Lemurs. They will think nothing of jumping up and grabbing it from you. There are plenty of ducks, geese, peacocks, peahens (with babies), swans and other water fowl to be seen. Many of them just roam around the place, and sometimes ramble right across the path in front of you, so be careful. We got to see the cheetahs chasing their food – a spectacle that is very well worth waiting for. This is done twice a day, at 1.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. It sounds gruesome, but it’s not, it’s a wonderful thing to see. There are teas, coffee, snacks and ice creams available in the park. We only got some ice cream, which was reasonably priced, so we don’t now about the snacks. For those of you who intend taking the train be warned about one thing. When you get off the train at Fota on your way in, you actually enter the park at the back gate. It’s a good idea to plan your visit to the park so that you do a full circle, and end your visit back where you started. The train station is a good 15 minute walk from the front gate so make sure that you factor this all in when you plan your route. Entrance prices are not cheap, and if you add in the price of trains etc. it could be out of the reach of a lot of people. It was a very enjoyable day and we would recommend it for a visit.

Visited September 2013
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“Very Expensive”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

I found Fota to be very expensive considering the state of the country and the fact that people are finding it harder to have the money for days out. For two adults and one child who was just 4 it was 28 euros. Felt it was a bit steep especially if you have a big family. This is before you buy anything inside the park. We bought two coffees and a sandwich between us. It was a tenner. We enjoyed the park but the prices could be reduced. Still saying all this the park was fairly packed and you do need to supervise kids constantly in the play parks. I would say the huge crowds were due to a lot of people have family /seasonal tickets. My advice is bring a picnic as the coffee shop is a complete rip off 4.50 for one sandwich that was dry. I can understand why some people would be angry at the 3 euro charge on the way out and you have to have the exact coins. You certainly wouldn't be going every day if you didn't have a seasonal ticket. It is way too expensive. The animals are great fun and the monkeys were very funny but if you were there first time you might be expecting say Elephants or other animals but there aren't the same animals as Dublin zoo. It is enjoyable but the prices are over the top. The only thing I suppose is you can stay as long as you want.

Visited August 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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138 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“The children really love fota”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We are local, so we go to Fota a lot as members. We try to go early in the morning, or late in the evening to avoid the crowds. The play areas are nice, bit more suited to older children, we have a toddler.

The main thing we like in fota is the animals that roam around outside enclosures. That's great fun for children to encounter on paths as they walk around.

Highly recommend going over to fota house afterwards for tea and cakes. It's walking distance, and the gardens are fab.

Visited July 2013
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