One of Ireland's finest examples of Regency Architecture

Once the home of the Smith-Barry family who had a great love for hospitality, Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens continues to delight visitors today. The Irish Heritage Trust is proud to carry on the Smith-Barry’s traditions, caring for the house, gardens, and arboretum for the enjoyment of all in perpetuity.

Marvel at the superb neo-classical interiors, the grand decor of the formal rooms, the guest suite and the nursery. Then contrast with the servant’s wing where you can see the working areas of the maids, cooks, butlers, and other staff many of them local who worked with the family over the years.

  • 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 15:30
Visit duration: approx. 45 to 60 minutes
Closed: November to February


Rates Apply

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Useful Information

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

LANGUAGES: Guided tours available in English and German. Audio-guides available in English (fee applies).

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

Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, Ireland

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