The House

Fota House was designed by 19th century architects Richard and William Morrison. From the beautifully proportioned rooms with exquisite plasterwork, to the preserved service wing and kitchens, Fota House offers visitors an intimate look at how life was lived in the past, for the cooks, butlers, footmen and maids who supported the lavish lifestyle of the gentry. Our painting collection is considered to be one of the finest collections of landscape painting outside the National Gallery of Ireland and includes works by William Ashford PRHA, Robert Carver, Jonathan Fisher and Thomas Roberts.

In 2016 Fota House achieved full Museum Accreditation from the Heritage Council under their Museum Standards Programme. This award recognised the high standards the house has set in recent years, including the care and maintenance of its collection and its conservation efforts.

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,  with the beautifully preserved kitchens where you can see the working conditions of the servants. House tours are available 7 days a week from March to September at 12:30, 14:00 and 15:30. Click here for more visitor information.

NEW for 2018– We are also open for weekends only in October, including the full bank holiday weekend. Guided tours at the usual times will be available and our friends from Bakestone will have their caravan on site, serving delicious treats and hot drinks outside in the autumn sunshine. (Please note, the inside café will be closed during this period.) The Fota shop and public toilets will be open in the House.

Learn more about the House, Victorian Working Garden, Formal Gardens & Arboretum and Café here.