Fota Wildlife Park, Cork

4.5
#1 of 297 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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  • August 17, 2017
    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 »
  • August 17, 2017
    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 »
  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • July 3, 2017
    A lot of opportunities for kids to roam around, a lot of playgrounds as well. Affordable food options and a nice souvenir shop. And, most importantly, the animal park makes a good impression. Big enclosures, that the animals can just wander through undisturbed. Some animals (wallabies) may just walk across the foot paths as well. The staff is friendly and seems to enjoy their work.
  • July 6, 2017
    Here on the hottest day 23deg. Beautiful place..Back after 10yrs and it has improved massively with grasses etc well maintained enabling people to see all the animals...There is heaven on earth shame heaven shuts in peak season at 6pm... Very busy place but huge amount of space for all to enjoy...I do want to bring home the red panda's.
  • May 2, 2017
    You can walk around at your own leisure taking in the sights and behaviour (sometimes cheeky) of all the wonderful animals. For €0.50 you can get some duck food and hand feed the ducks and geese that roam freely. Also, be on the lookout for grey kangaroos, ring-tailed lemurs, peacocks, peahens and Mara which also roam freely without barriers. You may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a wild Irish rabbit in the undergrowth. A perfect place for a family day out.
  • April 18, 2017
    A huge wildlife park your family will surely enjoy. Lots of various friendly animals could be seen in the area. From king of the jungle down to the cutest Meerkat. Others are in cage while the rest are set free to stroll around the vicinity. We had a blast during our visit. It's one of a kind experience you and your family and friends would proudly share. Fit for an educational tour, nature & animal lovers, free spirit and those who understands and protects the environment.
  • June 14, 2017
    Every time of the year we go visit Fota park. It's beautiful everytime we go. Nature, plants in bloom. When we need inspiration or to be with own thoughts we go there! You can even have your dog with you just don't forget about the leash. Highly recommended to visit

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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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