Fota Wildlife Park, Cork

4.5
#1 of 387 in Outdoors in Province of Munster
Without a cage or fence in sight, Fota Wildlife Park houses dozens of species of mammals and birds from habitats as diverse as deserts, savannas, tropical forests, wetlands, and oceans. Designed with unobtrusive barriers, the zoo's paddocks allow visitors to observe wild animals in natural settings closely resembling their native habitats. To explore the park's 30 hectares (75 acres) in mere minutes, hop on a tour train, whcih circles the grounds and makes stops at the education center created with the youngest visitors in mind. For a more personal experience with the animals, follow the 2 km (1.2 mi) circular trail as you watch for ring-tailed lemurs and squirrel monkeys, which are allowed to roam freely and interact with visitors. Put Fota Wildlife Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cork itinerary maker site .
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  • Lovely park. Very big. Lots of animals to see! Will take the whole day. Kids had a lovely time! There are plenty of things to grab to eat however you can also take a pic nic.  more »
  • A great place to bring all the family. Lots & lots of different animals. A lot of walking but you can go at your own limit. Cafe/shop decently priced. Staff lovely & very friendly. Toilets clean. Plen...  more »
  • We had an ball from start to finish. Brilliant for a good family day out. The train will bring you from Cork City or from Cobh. Price is reasonable. Will be back for sure  more »
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  • I think this is best place in Ireland to bring family it takes three hours to see everything for tourists and those travelling without a car there is even train service right to edge of the park parking is good and cafes and toilets dotted through journey around park its really healthy walk glorious on sunny day.I just thought lion was amazing hearing him roar from time to time can be heard around the park .The meerkats and lemurs basking in sun on November truly amazing watching them arms outstretched .Ya got to love it very emotional to see these creatures in wide open grounds they look very happy except salt eagle didn't like his cage .All in all lot of work went into having these animals on exhibit and 32 euro for two adults with baby free was good day out .The fluffy toys in gift shop real nice good quality decent price about 6 to 15 euro for average sized fluffy toys .Well done to owners and staff credit to whole of Ireland six star park amazing amazing amazing.
  • Love Fota. Restaurants and toilet facilities could be improved a little- but improves every time we visit. Lovely to walk amongst the animals and the kids love it. Wrap up if it's cold or windy as is a little exposed but Looking forward to our next trip already!
  • Whether you're in family, group of friends, tourists, or couple visiting Fota, you are sure to have a genuinely fantastic and enjoyable visit. Fota Wildlife Park offers visitors an up close place to come in contact with a diverse range of different animals. Very enjoyable walk around the park for all. Animals appear to be kept in good condition and are safe. There is a shop and small restaurant here, but prices can be high. Bringing some sort of packed lunch with you is recommended. Fota is easily accessible via car or via train from Cork City train station with a train stop on the route right outside an entrance to Fota.
  • Good family zoo but always trying to make an extra buck. Now €3 to park (previously free) and refusal to discount hotel members on the gate stating you had to get a magic piece of paper at the hotel stating your a guest, despite the card and reservation details on me. Variety of animals and opportunities to get close is excellent and level of maintenance is high.
  • Fota zoo... visited in last winter. It is a very huge zoo and have ample varieties of animals. It also has Asian sanctuary where you can see Asian animals like tiger, hippo, tortoise, frogs, snakes, butterflies, pea-cock and many more. Visit zoo in summer when these animals stay out of shelter and can be seen very easily.

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Where to stay in Cork

A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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