Fota House, County Cork

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  • August 16, 2017
    Fota House & Gardens are very different to the adjacent attraction, Fota Wildlife Park and are a 'must-see'. We were very warmly greeted by Vincent who was friendly and pleasant and afterwards went to...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Lovely old house with a great collection of antiques and paintings, Restoration has been continueing in this house for years and will be for more but looks great and is in safe hands with the voluntee...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    As is probably obvious, I'm a history and heritage fanatic so a trip to see Fota House was a must for me when I was in the area. I have to say I loved everything about it, the staff are wonderful we h...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    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
  • May 20, 2017
    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.
  • August 2, 2016
    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!
  • August 26, 2016
    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.
  • July 20, 2016
    Beautiful gardens with load of variety. Especially romantic in summer times. Nice little cafe in the house with reasonable prices.

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