We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“taken by surprise” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park
Ranked #67 of 379 things to do in County Cork
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Fota Wildlife Park is Cork's most visited Tourist Attraction and has been awarded best family day out in Cork and Munster. The Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City (top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide's 'Best in Travel 2010').The park is not like an ordinary zoo; here you can come face to face with free roaming animals & birds from all parts of the world. So whether it's a kangaroo that hops in front of you or a ring tailed lemur which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories.In addition to the wonderful array of free roaming animals, visitors also have the opportunity to see highly endangered species such as the Rothschild giraffe, European Bison, Lion Tailed Macaque and Scimitar Horned Oryx, most of them without the obstacle of fenced-in exhibits.This is the most spectacular aspect of Fota Wildlife Park, and is the reason you'll want to spend a full day exploring Ireland's Wildest Attraction.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Durham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
94 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“taken by surprise”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013

We visited this wildlife park on a reccommendation on our way home from holiday. We wondered why so many youngsters were hanging around the entrance. It transpired that they were awaiting the arrival of Jedward with whom we found ourselves sharing a carriage on the mini train which goes round the site, pursued by screaming girls. Really, this attraction is over-hyped. it has few animals and it has a weary air about it. We did not stay very long and wouldn't go again.

Visited July 2013
Thank Diana S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

172 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Waterford, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

There is more of an emphasis on proximity to the animals and the domestic fowl all roam free. There is currently 30th birthday celebrations and the kids will love the Bosco puppet show. Not by any extent a comparison to a major international zoo but a different experience and a lovely day out.

Visited July 2013
Thank SeanHreview
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Newark, DE
Level Contributor
28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fota Wildlife Park is great fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

My wife and I decided to visit FOTA while in Ireland in May, 2013. The train ride from Cork was on 15 minutes through beautiful scenery and the train stop was right at one of the park entrances. We absolutely enjoyed walking through the park and seeing the animals up close and in an almost natural environment. We both think it is worth the time, and the money to see this attraction.

Visited May 2013
Thank Bourbonman
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good Day out but plenty to improve on.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

Good day out , pretty expensive but enjoyable especially when the weather is pleasant. Food provided on site is poor in terms of quality for kids and price so bring your own lunch and drinks. Paying for parking on top of the park fees is laughable.

Large number of the similar type animals in the main area of the park but the environment is good and safe.

Worth a visit if your in the area.

Visited May 2013
Thank Carrauntoohil
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“enjoyable day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

Our 3yr old daughter loved the park. Yes, it's not cheap but we felt it was worth it. For her to experience the animals so close ment alot. To see her so excited ment alot.

Visited June 2013
Thank netherurd
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Fota Wildlife Park also viewed

Cork, County Cork

Been to Fota Wildlife Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing