Welcome & Opening Times

Fota House Tours

Fota House will reopen for tours in February 2022

Bakestone Café at Fota House

From November 1st 2021 for the rest of the month Bakestone Café at Fota House will only open weekends only (Saturday & Sunday) from 10:00am to 5:00pm for takeaway tea/coffee & sweet treats. This is subject to change if weather conditions are not suitable for them to open the serving window at the front of the house. Please note that the ca

They will reopen for indoor dining in February 2022 when the house reopens.


Outdoor toilets are available past the Café area of Fota House

Arboretum & Gardens

  • Victorian Working Gardens are now closed and will reopen for tours and plant sales in 2022
  • Fota Arboretum is open daily 9:00am - 5:00pm from November 2021 to March 2022
  • Fota Walled & Pleasure Gardens are open during the week but closed at weekends during winter months
  • Pre booking is not required to walk the Arboretum & Gardens
  • Dogs are welcome in the Arboretum & Gardens but need to be on a lead at all times.

Please note that the Arboretum & Gardens are cared for by our site partners the OPW so please consult their website https://heritageireland.ie/visit/places-to-visit/fota-arboretum-and-gardens/ for the most up to date opening times.

COVID 19 Safety Charter

Further information about the Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter is available at their website here. Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens is listed as a compliant organisation under the Irish Heritage Trust.

General Site Guidelines

Visitors are asked to be socially conscious and responsible while visiting Fota to ensure the maximum enjoyment for all.

More information available at HSE website

Forthcoming Events

A Fairytale Christmas at Fota House

Our Christmas Event "A Fairytale Christmas at Fota House" is now sold out.

Important Update for Attendees following the recent updates to the Government Covid 19 Guidelines issued on 22/10/21

On arrival at the entrance door visitors will be asked to provide on of the following:-

  • A Covid Vaccination Certificate
  • Certificate showing that you have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months
  • A Letter of Exemption signed by a Medical Professional

You will also be required to provide Proof of identification with the above in the form of a Photo ID. Contact tracing will be recorded from your booking details and is fully GDPR compliant.

  • For under 18s, the current guidelines are that they can attend once they are with an adult who is vaccinated. Unaccompanied minors are required to present Proof of Immunity.

Each person entering the building over the age of 12 will be required to wear a Face Covering at all times inside Fota House with the exception that you;

  • Cannot wear a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or a disability, or because it would cause you severe distress
  • Need to communicate with someone who has difficulties communicating
  • Remove a face covering to care for or help a vulnerable person or to give emergency assistance to someone
  • Remove a face covering to take medication
  • Remove a face covering to avoid harm or injury

For any queries regarding the event, please email events@fotahouse.com

Alpine Trail at Fota

It's time to get your skates on! Ireland's first skate trail is coming to Cork.
The Alpine Skate Trail opens on Friday 12th November and runs until Sunday 23rd January 2022. The trail will be set among the trees in Fota, providing a stunning backdrop that offers an authentic rustic feeling and a festive mood as you skate through the magically lit forest! ❄️
Please note this event is being run by Cork based company Cool Running Events and for further information on this event please go to www.iceskating.ie 

Patterns of History - Wallpaper Exhibition at Fota House

Fota House is delighted to welcome visitors to its new wallpaper exhibition Patterns of History which is being hosted with the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports & Media, – Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme. The exhibition, curated by renowned wallpaper expert David Skinner, gives historic context to the evolution of wallpaper from the late 18th century and includes many examples of various textures and creative methods.

The exhibition will reopen in February 2022 and will be available to book online.

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

Social Media


3 weeks ago

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book write a good one - Brad Paisley.Happy New Year to all our friends, visitors and volunteers from all the Irish Heritage Trust Team at Fota House. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Happy Christmas to all our friends, visitors & volunteers from all the Irish Heritage Trust team at Fota House. #irishheritagetrust #irelandsancienteast #purecork #christmasatfota #christmas2021 #cobhtourism ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Due to the status red weather warning in place for tomorrow Tuesday, December 7th and with the safety of our visitors and staff in mind tomorrow evenings Fairytale Christmas at Fota House has been postponed. All those who have booked for tomorrow evening will be contacted to reschedule. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Thanks to our friends & neighbours from the Skate Trail @goodfortune_cookies for the tasty treats they delivered to us today!! #goodneighbours #christmasatfota #visitfota ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Best of luck to our new neighbours the team from Alpine Skate Trail Corkwith their launch today. It’s a really great and unique fun activity so book your tickets early on www.iceskating.ie ... See MoreSee Less
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