Fota House is Ireland’s finest example of the Great Country House where grand opulent surrounding of the gentry are contrasted with the servant’s wing

When you take this guided tour, you will discover fascinating insights into the contrasting lives of the masters of a former time, and their servants, in the original surroundings that shaped their worlds.

Restored and conserved by the Irish Heritage Trust, public guided tours of the House run regularly from April to September. Group tours and learning visits available all year.

Fota House hosts monthly cultural events, including seasonal offerings at Christmas and Easter. When exploring the House, a visit or guided tour of the award winning Victorian Working Garden is a must! Special corporate events and weddings are greatly enhanced by the spectacular surroundings.

  • 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 to September

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Last admission: last tour leaves at 15:30
Visit duration: approx. 45 to 60 minutes
Closed: October to February


Admission Prices 2020:

House Tour
Adult: €8.00
Senior (aged 65+): €6.00
Student (with valid ID): €6.00
Child (under 13): €3.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €19.00

Victorian Working Garden Tour
Adult: €5.00
Senior (aged 65+): €4.00
Student (with valid ID): €4.00
Child (under 13): €2.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €14.00

Combo: House & Victorian Working Garden Tour
Adult: €11.00
Senior (aged 65+): €8.00
Student (with valid ID): €8.00
Child (under 13): €4.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €29.00

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.


  • Europa Nostra International Heritage Award 2015
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
  • Architectural Conservation Award
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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