Fota House once all part of the Smith Barry estate, this Regency Period House was built in the 19th Century, displaying Neo-Classical work in the interior of the house. The entrance hall has beautiful detail in its 6 columns with the Smith-Barry Crest seen overhead. The Dinning Room, large and spacious, again with columns and ornate ceiling work and with many family portraits to be seen in this room and throughout the house. Walking through to the old kitchen and scullery, shows the workings of the kitchen back in the 19th Century. Many wonderful paintings and architecture can be seen throughout the house. Tours of Fota House are available regularly during the months Mid March to September, and Fota Gardens and Arboretum are open all year round.
Cork Fota House, Gardens and Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park is located in Fota, East Cork, just 20 minutes from Cork and 10 minutes from Midleton town centre is easily accessible with the good road network and train service which stops at Fota Wildlife Park Station.
The Wildlife Park in Fota can be enjoyed by all the family with a wide range of animals, cafe and walks there is lots to keep all the family entertained. Fota Wildlife Park animals range from Wallabys, Chilean Flamingo, Colombian Black Spider Monkeys, Gibbons, Seals, Penguins, Pelicans, Zebra, Giraffes, Lions, Indian Peafowl, and Meerkat's and much more.
Fota Gardens consists of 27 acres of land where you will find many species of trees, plants and shrubs and Orangery all on this beautifully laid out estate, once part of the Barry family estate. Fota Gardens has the advantage of the favourable climate which has lead to the success of an extensive collection of trees and shrubs, flourishing here in Fota in East Cork. At Fota Gardens you will find the beautifully designed Italian Gardens, its colourful and fragrant Rose Garden, its Walled Garden area, a Victorian Fernery area, walk around the Ornamental Pond and sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.