One of Ireland's finest examples of Regency Architecture

Visitors of all ages are welcomed at Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens. Step back in time and immerse yourself in living history! Unlock the island’s story at Fota House, an impressive mansion that represents the finest example of Regency architecture in Ireland. On a guided tour of the house, you’ll hear fascinating stories about Fota’s vibrant past both from the Smith Barry Family and those who worked for them. You can also explore Fota’s incredible grounds and encounter the great diversity of exotic plants that have thrived for over 200 years. Experience for yourself the Victorian Working Gardens with fully refurbished Greenhouses that are used today to produce incredible plants, vegetables, flowers and more.
You’ll quickly sense the energy, enthusiasm and vision that shaped the estate and continues to fuel the packed programme of events, interactive tours and activities at Fota throughout the year!
  • Guided public tours giving you a fascinating insight into times past
  • Authentic historical surroundings including Ireland’s only access to an original kitchen pantry
  • Award-winning Victorian Working Garden
  • Monthly cultural events including at Christmas and Easter
  • Fabulous wedding venue & corporate room hire in a unique setting

Open Daily March 17th to September 30th
Saturday & Sunday only in October

10:30 – 17:00h

Last admission:  last tour leaves at 14:00 except for July/August when an extra tour is added and last tour will be at 15:30
Visit duration: approx. 45 to 60 minutes
Closed: November to February


Rates Apply

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Useful Information

Check out the range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES:  Guided tours are available in English and French (For French tours you must request this in advance).

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Café serving hot food, sandwiches, cakes and a wide range of beverages.

SHOPPING: Gift shop selling heritage-inspired gifts, books and Fota-branded items.

PARKING: Paid car and coach parking on-site.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Partially wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet.

GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum 15 people). Pre-booking required.

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available.

Getting There

Fota House is located in East Cork, just off the E30 (formerly N25), and adjacent to Fota wildlife park (accessible through the same entrance).

Map Location: 51.893775, -8.303733
Contact Fota House Arboretum & Gardens

Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, Ireland

Eircode: T45 Y642
T: +353 (0)21 481 5543
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