Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens - Cork Harbour Islands

Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens

An Irish Heritage Trust Property

Fota House is Ireland’s finest example of Regency period architecture with superb neoclassical interiors. Discover the grand decor of the principal rooms and charming nursery, or the service wing with the beautifully preserved kitchens, where you can experience what life was like for the servants who supported the lavish lifestyle of the gentry.

Fota House hosts a wide range of events and there is always something to do here including seasonal offerings for families, a programme of cultural events, gardening events and much more. We have a great choice of fun activities for our younger visitors; our children’s house tour ‘Where is Mrs. Kevin’s Cat?’, enjoy the glorious gardens with our ‘Little Explorers Tree Trail’ and ‘Junior Plant Hunter Trail’, or get stuck in in the Victorian Frameyard Garden in ‘Digging For History’ or discover all about biodiversity on the ‘Queen Maeve and the Honey Bees’ tour!

  • Open daily March to October from 10 am - 5 pm.
  • February, November & December, weekends only, 10 am – 5 pm.

Our House tour is fully guided and lasts 45 minutes.

Follow on and discover our Victorian Working Gardens, with beautifully restored glass houses and bothy buildings.

Bakestone Café

Fota House share our passion for offering visitors locally sourced produce and the best of each season. We are proud to say that we will be serving produce from the Victorian working garden at fota house.

The Café is open from 10am till 5pm. Hot food is served from 10am till 4pm.
On Sunday Brunch from 10am till 3pm, however the usual menu is available during the day as well.

Prices: (House tour)

Adult: €9; Child: €3.50; Student/Senior: €7; Family (2+3) - €22; Groups 10+: €7 per person.

  • Love it...The grandour of yesteryear beautifully presented and preserved
  • This is a totally wonderful experience and is a must for anyone who wants the real meaning and feeling of Christmas. The setting of Fota House and the wonderful warm welcome you receive from the moment you cross the door to enter until you leave is just outstanding.
  • My family just love it here. Beautiful all year round. A family favourite spot
  • We had an eggcellent day today at Fota House and Gardens at the Easter Egg Trail!. Thank you so much
  • Thanks so much for the wonderful experience today. All three of my kids had an amazing time. The history lesson was a fantastic added bonus. Will definitely visit Fota house again soon