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Fota Wildlife Park

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Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 481 2678
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Visited during September. Very poor animal display. Plenty of dead Butterflies. Lots of walking... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
County Cork, Ireland
Amazing experience

We took a Family VIP tour and it was an amazing experience for everyone involved, we loved every... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“dublin zoo” (169 reviews)
“cheetah run” (76 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Fota Island, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 481 2678
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited during September. Very poor animal display. Plenty of dead Butterflies. Lots of walking and nothing to see. Food inside is overpriced junk food, and dishwater coffee Facilities are poor. And to cap it all- you also have to pay €3 to exit the carpark...More

1  Thank cork27lad
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took a Family VIP tour and it was an amazing experience for everyone involved, we loved every bit of it! Would strongly recommend it, worth every cent!

Thank G1159XVolga
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fota has come on brilliantly over the last few years we love all of the new animals.Would b great to c elephants or a hippo coming next :)

Thank Ciara L
Reviewed 1 week ago

a great place. Terrific for families! Kid and adult friendly and well laid out! Walking among the animals roaming free was too fun!

Thank kathygarver14
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fota is Very Nice and The Animals Are Excellent Customer Service Excellent Gift Shop Fantastic Well Worth the money I would Definitely Recommend it to all my Family and friends Beautiful Atmosphere here

Thank SarahLLL5
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's been a while since we were here and loved it, updated continually and kept very well, we were lucky to see the Cheetahs being fed which was very interesting only critic is that there should be more healthy options on the menus for children

Thank EdelOG
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a real animal person and for years I wanted to take a trip down to Cork. Last month, I made the journey! To be honest, I was expecting more and felt a little underwhelmed by the wildlife park. It was €16 per adult...More

2  Thank hurricane999
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best zoos I've ever been too. Kangaroos/Wallabies hopping around free and close. Monkeys free across a river. Lions, tigers, pandas, giraffe and zebra (behind fences) Lovey looking enclosures with plenty to entertain the animals. My only negative is not enough bins. Had...More

Thank Lucy S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited yesterday for the first time since 2013. We weren't aware that there had been changes made so it was a lovely surprise to see the Tigers, Lions and Rhinos. We did miss seeing the monkeys on the island though and that's the only...More

Thank Kerri S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and my Fiancee decided to treat our 4 nephews and our niece with a day out to say thanks for doing their important jobs in our forth coming wedding. They range from ages from 11 to 6. We booked it for a Saturday morning...More

2  Thank Hally792017
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Elizabeth M
3 August 2017|
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Response from VerityHoulihan | Reviewed this property |
About 2 to 3 hours will do. Arrive early to avoid the crowds.
4 June 2017|
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Response from kettquinlan |
Trains are about every half hour
Barry M
29 May 2017|
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Response from Jon B | Reviewed this property |
I'd say yes. It's a pretty well surfaced circular path.

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