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Fota Wildlife Park, Cork

(4.4/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Fota Wildlife Park and other Cork attractions using our handy Cork vacation builder.
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  • I have been here once, we had nearly a full day in this park, it was really nice, the park is cleaned and well kept, you can tell they take care of the animals here  more »
  • Good place for Kids but you would need weather to be kind its only a short drive from Cork city out the Waterford road  more »
  • We have been to Fota wildlife park on many occasions over the years. It's a place you could go back to time after time and the kids never get bored. There is always something new to see. Definitely a ...  more »
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  • This place is the best! I have never seen a live pelican before I came here, and it was this far away from me, roaming free. All of the animals seemed to be calm and unafraid of the people around them, so those wandering free were safe and relaxed. It's something I've never experienced before or since
  • This was on my to do list for many years, it wad recommended that you allow three hours for walk, we got there at 3.30pm and started at 4pm we got around the park in one half hours, best bit for me was the reptile house and seeing the butterflies fluttering around freely and the iguana climbing the ropes freely. My advice would be to get there early in the day and spend time there, it had a recommended route laid out in the park. Some animals are allowed out the kangaroos and wallabies were out and not giving us any attention. Also got to see the giraffes being shut up for the evening which wad nice
  • There is lots to see. The train for the kids is great. There is a play park for kids could do with more. It's a very well looked after place. There's lots of walking to be done so bring a buggy 😅. The prices are €15 for adults €10 for kids is a bit Irish to be honest. Should be more kids activities to keep them happy.
  • Perfectly laid out so you can have a leisurely walk for 2 - 3 hours and leave feeling like you've seen everything. You'll find more animals in the zoo, but Fota is great for getting up close. Coffee shop isn't great but it's worth coming out for a stroll around.
  • We had a really good afternoon in Fota Wildlife Park today. It has been many years since I was there and it's great to see the improvements throughout the park. The newer viewing points are a great idea and allow adults and kids alike to get really up close to the animals in a safe and exciting way. We even got to see different types of monkeys being fed which was brilliant for out 7 year old to witness. Seeing the tigers up close was the highlight today for me! We met really friendly staff and the lady looking after the Lemurs was really nice and was teaching us some interesting things about those cheeky little fellas. I would highly recommend a visit to the park, well worth it.