Fota Wildlife Park

Day Out
Cork Road Cork Cork Ireland
10:00 - 18:00 (last entry 14:30)
Adult - EUR 16.00 Child - EUR 10.50 Family - EUR 48.00
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Fota Wildlife Park is a great fun day out in Cork, in the south of Ireland.

It is a zoo but the enclosures are much larger giving the animals more space to roam.

The park caters for school groups educating children about the threats to the world's habitats and has camps during the school holidays.

Parking is available for at €3 per day but you can also access the Park by train with a stop right outside the entrance from the Cork-Cobh commuter train.

There are good hot/cold food options on site and plenty to keep the kids entertained spotting the various animlas including giraffes, monkeys and kangaroos or just having fun in one of the playgrounds. 

Easter Events and Activities at Fota Wildlife Park

Are you looking for a great day out this Easter?

Fota Wildlife Park is offering a range of activities from magic shows to wildlife talks, feeding times to face painting, to satisfy everyone from the ardent wildlife enthusiast to having a great family day out

The full schedule of events below is taking place over the Easter Holidays period (8th – 23rd April), and is free with your admission!
Easter Weekend - Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Monday 17th  April

  • Magic Show - every half hour in the Education Department - 12 noon to 3.30 pm (15 minutes in duration, suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years)
  • Giant Games -  come and try your hand at Giant Jenga, Connect Four or the Buzzer Game in the Education Department - 12 noon to 4.00 pm (suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years)

Activities Marquee – daily during the Easter holiday period 8th – 23rd April *

  • 11am – 2pm Arts and Crafts, 3pm-5pm Face painting

Wildlife Talks – daily during the Easter holiday period 8th – 23rd April *

11.00  Oryx & Bison
11.30  Indian Rhino
12.00  Siamang Gibbon
12.30  Asiatic Lion
12.45  Cheetah Run
2.30  Tapir
3.00  Sumatran Tiger
3.30  Eagle & Seal
4.00  Cheetah Run
4.30  Penguin
5.15  Giraffe Crossing
Feeding Times – Daily April - October

10.45 Penguins
12.45 Cheetahs
2.15 Siamang Gibbons
4.00 Cheetahs
4.30 Penguins
5.00 Seal
*Activities and Wildlife Talks are run weekends thereafter, daily from June to August, see the website for full details.

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5 reviews for Fota Wildlife Park

Collette Mooney 5 / 5
2 months ago

Loved it here, we've been twice in last 2 years, lots of animals and lovely areas to walk around, we ate in their restaurant and food was lovely as were the staff, recommend visiting fota house and gardens too they are really lovely, we had coffee and cake in the house and it was fab, gardens are great too

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Patricia 5 / 5
From Dublin
10 months ago

Just back from spending the day at Fota Island and loved it. A fantastic way to see the animals up close. Parking onsite is brilliant and for €3 which is fab. Make sure u have a €2 or €1 coin as this is what the exit gate takes but there are signs posted telling you this. There are plenty of places to have picnics which is what we did but there is a cafe which sells sandwiches and fast food. Lots of playground areas also. Not as many as Dublin zoo though! There is a train that can bring you for a ride inside the wildlife park for €1 single of €2 return. It is right at the entrance so we did that and then walked back. You could do it the other way round as the only thing is we missed so many of the animals so we ended up walking most of the park again but itvwas grrat fun and had a safari feel to it & kids loved it! Trains run every 15 mins. A few negatives though and maybe it's just cause I'm a regular at Dublin zoo but you are not given any maps. There are maps around and Recommended Walking Routes but it would be great to have a map especially the kids love using them. There isn't a lot of bins about the place. It's a minor thing but I found it a bit odd and no bother carring rubbish but i saw a lot of litter arpund. The toilets are placed around the park but good distances between them and felt like not enough!! Not a major upset but if you have smallies I'd just have a portable potty with you! Overall though a fantastic day out. Loads of animals seen and fantastic memories:)

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HelenaDoyle 5 / 5
11 months ago

Fota is a fantastic way to get to see lots of wild animals living in as close to their natural environment as possible without the glass enclosures of a zoo. It's also great for a walk around/ exercise. There's lots of picnic areas and little cabin style shoos/ coffee stops on the way round. A fab family day out. Great new additions include lions, rhinos and the tropical house

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Laurrrr123 5 / 5
11 months ago

Fota is a brilliant day trip and not too expensive in comparison to other less active days out like the cinema for example. The new additions to fota wild life park are amazing. Highly recommend.

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Barney Rocks 5 / 5
From Ireland, Limerick
a year ago

We bring the children aged 6 & 9 every year to Fota; and we absolutely love it. I have been to both Belfast and Dublin Zoo and Fota is miles ahead of them for a fun day out. Fota improves every time we go with new animals and fun parks. It's a fantastic day out. There is a little cafe or you can bring a picnic.

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