Welcome & Opening Times

We are delighted to welcome visitors to enjoy the magnificent grounds from 9.00 AM to 5:30 PM daily. Our grounds access plan is for safe, respectful visits to the House, Arboretum & Gardens with visitors asked to observe HSE guidelines at all times. The House is open for House Tours & Retail (Books & Souvenirs)  from Wednesday 1st July - Wednesday to Sunday initially

  • Fota House open 10am - 5pm from Wed to Sun for House Tours & Retail only - Guided House Tours at 12:30pm - 2pm - 3:30pm (Wed - Sun)

 Please note the indoor Cafe & toilets are currently not available due to Covid-19 restrictions

  • Victorian Working Gardens  open Mon–Fri 10:30am - 3pm with a large range of plants grown by Fota Gardeners available for purchase
  • Bakestone Café operates a takeaway coffee and limited snack menu daily 11am-5pm - outdoor seating available
  • Arboretum open daily 9am - 5:30pm
  • Walled & Pleasure Gardens open daily
  • We are pleased that our site partners, OPW,  make the Pleasure Gardens exclusive to the enjoyment of ‘Cocooners’ between: 10am-1pm (Mon–Fri), 11am-1pm (Sat). We ask other visitors to respect this initiative within these times.

Please note that the Formal Gardens & Arboretum are managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) so any suggestions or comments should be directed here

We hope to resume a 7 day week opening of the house itself as soon as possible but the layout of this historic house is not fully adaptable to current Covid-19 guidelines - Thank you for your understanding.



General Site Guidelines

  • Visitors are asked to adhere to social distancing of 2m as advised by the HSE
  • We welcome our community of visitors to safely and respectfully enjoy the House, Arboretum and Gardens
  • On pathways around the Arboretum & Gardens and to / from the car park visitors are asked to adopt a ‘keep left / pass right’ walking pattern while observing relevant guidelines for social distancing and 'Cocooner'-reserved areas
  • At any pinch points, such as crossing pathways, visitors are encouraged to beckon through others to avoid undue contact
  • Visitors are asked to keep contact with others to a minimum and not congregate in any groups in thoroughfares or key points – please keep pathways free others as per guidelines
  • Access to the property is only via the main gate
  • Visitors are asked to be socially conscious and responsible for the maximum enjoyment of all.

More information available at HSE website

House Tours & Events

There's always something to do at Fota! A range of cultural events for all ages and interests take place throughout the season including garden, craft, seasonal and family events, evening concerts and seminars.

For Fota House Tours and Events Click Here

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