Fota House, County Cork

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  • Its a beautiful stately house with a gorgeous decor that takes you instantly back in time. Now looked after by the Heritage Trust events are often held at the house during main holidays like an Easter...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our afternoon out in Fota. So peaceful and well kept gardens. Good work to all involved.  more »
  • This is accessible from Fota train stop. There is about a ten minute walk to the house, level, and the house has a fine set of greenhouses recently restored. A public garden which opens between 2-5 on...  more »
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  • Stunning Regency Mansion built 1820, surrounded by gorgeous gardens and an arboretum. You can do tours of the house and the frame yard and there is a very nice cafe there. Be aware of the €3 exit fee when you leave the car park and only coins are accepted. The house tour takes about one hour where you get to see at least 12 rooms and hear the colourful story of The Smith Barry family who lived in the house until 1975
  • The outside of Fota House itself is okay, we didn't do the tour. But the gardens are absolutely spectacular and well worth a visit or even a place to have a quiet picnic, especially as entry is free. You can bring your dog as long as your dog is leashed. Even if you aren't so big into gardens, It's just a really nice place, and barely a 15 minute train ride from Cork.
  • What a fantastic place to visit. I have been to fota wildlife park many times over the years and often admired fota house in the distance , but only yesterday did we finally decide to journey over after the park. I always assumed the house was closed off so was surprised when we arrived that you could actually get a tour which we did. The house and the grounds are in amazing condition and really well looked after. We've visited many old houses around the country and this is probably the first where we were allowed to take pictures inside. I always hate when we can't take pictures as it's easy to forget the memories of what we saw, so it was really cool we had this opportunity. The tour was absolutely fantastic and great value for money. The tour guide Niall went into great depths of the history and I had no idea a house that was held by a family of such high importance was sitting right in our backyard. Normally house tours we've done last about 30 mins and visit around 6 to 10 rooms, but this was different, this tour must of lasted at least an hour to an hour and a half if not more, and felt like Niall was going to show us every inch of the house because I lost count of how many rooms we got to see. It was brilliant, we've never got such good value for money. There was so much history to hear about and fascinating to hear the many stories about the lives of the children that would of worked on the lands for the masters at the times. Fota house was really a great experience and I would highly recommend anyone visiting the wildlife park or visiting cork, to stop off here and take the tour because it's well worth the money. The Cafe does lovely fresh cakes and the gardens are a beautiful place for a walk or picnic.
  • We just had a brilliant tour of FOTA House. My husband and our 5 and 8 year old daughters. It was one of the best historical house tours I have been on. We got to see lots of rooms both the gentry and servants quarters along with kitchens, scullery, wet house etc. Much more than other house tours we have been on before. Gave us a real feel of life when the house was at is height of activity. Our tour guide Marian was a wealth of information and made it enjoyable for the adults and kids alike. Would definitely recommend. Much much better than I had expected!
  • The house is pretty but not so impressive from the outside. The inside makes up for it. Our guide was amazing and very entertaining and it was fascinating to see the beautiful "upstairs" rooms and hear the details of how things worked "below stairs". The gardens are also worth a stroll and we had a lovely lunch in the café.

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