Fota House and Grounds



Location: On Fota Island, Cork Harbour
Road access: Take E30 (N25) to Cobh interchange 15km East of Cork city. 
Follow R624 (direction Cobh) for 3 kms to singposted entrance. Parking EUR 2.00 (untimed).
Rail: Fota Island has its own suburban rail station with direct rail services from Cork (Kent) and Cobh stations.   Journey time from Cork 13 mins.   Train frequency approximately hourly.  Schedule times available from Irish Rail website (station names: Cork, Fota, Cobh).
Bus: No scheduled bus service.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10.00 to 17.00 (last admissions)

Sunday 11.00 to 17.00

Admission: EUR 5.00
Time allocation: House: 45 minutes    Grounds: 45-90 minutes




Fota House was originally an 18th century hunting lodge forming the centrepiece of the Fota Island estate which covers the entire island and comprises over 300 hectares of land.  The house was extended in the 19th century by architects Richard Morrison and his son William Vitruvius for John Smith Barry. 


The estate became the family home of the Smith Barrys and the grounds have been developed by successive generations of the family, including the addition of walled gardens, an arboretum, stables, an orangery, glass houses, stone barns, and other outbuildings.  The house is now the property of The Fota Trust Company, a charity dedicated to the preservation of the building.



The house has been undergoing renovations for several years and the first phase of the completed areas are open to the public. 



The arboretum which was started in the 1840s  features tropical plants from South America, the Canary Islands as well as many local species.  



Further information:

Telephone +353 21 481 5543     Fax ...5541

Mail address:
Fota House
Fota Island
IRL-Carrigtwohill   (Co Cork)

Related Links:

Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Island Golf Club





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