Visitor Information

Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is operated by the Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity. By visiting Fota you are supporting the conservation of this special place and helping us continue to bring it back to life for future generations.  For more information on tours, please telephone 021 481 5543.    

House Tours

Our guided house tour will take you on a journey through the grand décor of the principle rooms and behind the scenes to the exquisite boudoir and charming Victorian nursery. A special feature is our service wing, where you can see the working conditions of the cooks, butlers, footmen and maids who supported the lavish lifestyle of the gentry. House tours are available 7 days a week from March to October at 12:30, 14:00 and 15:30 and at weekends in February and November at the same times.

For more information please call us on  021 4815543 or email Bryan Conlon by clicking here.  

Children’s House Tour

We have a wide variety of activity-based tour offerings for children, there’s plenty for families to do at Fota!  

Where is Mrs Kevin’s Cat?!

Mrs Kevin, our Housekeeper, has lost her cat! Families can enjoy a children’s tour through the House with a dedicated guide, solving the mystery of where little Kitty has got to. A great way for children to enjoy learning about the House and the people who lived here.  

Digging for History

A new tour in 2016, get stuck in in our beautiful award winning Victorian Working Garden, with a tour through the glasshouse with fun facts for kids, finishing off with a chance to pot up their own plant to take home and cherish, or take away a packet of Fota seeds to plant after their journey home!  

Junior Plant Hunters Activity Trail

An activity book packed full of things to see and do in the gardens and world-renowned Arboretum, a fabulous way to spend an afternoon with the family.  

Little Explorers Trail

A brilliant trail through the gardens and Arboretum for kids, exploring the wonders of the gardens.  

Plant Hunters Tree Trail

Identifying rare and unusual species, a free-ranging trail for older families and adults.  

Queen Maeve’s Honey Bee Adventure

A brilliant introduction to our friends, the honey bees! This activity-based talk has our junior visitors buzzing around the Frameyard, practising their ‘waggle dance’ and having lots of fun while they discover how a hive works.  

Victorian Working Garden Tour

Our Victorian Working Garden is a wonderfully restored space lying to the back of the property. Since its restoration in 2012, our team have been sharing the beauty of the Victorian glasshouses, bothy buildings and a wide variety of interesting and unusual planting with our visitors.   Guided tours are available 7 days a week from March to September by arrangement. Please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.