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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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
Some lovely photos of our friends from the Cobh Animation Team who joined us every day this week for the Witches Walk. Last chance to do the walk today from 11-4 and don’t forget your costumes!! Happy Halloween 🎃 👻#somethingfortheweekend#halloweenincork#kidsactivitiescork#visitfota ... See MoreSee Less
We are really in the Halloween spirit here at Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens. Lots of witches, wizards and superhero's around this morning on our Witches Walk. The walk which is a self guided trail around the Arboretum & Gardens runs today until 4pm and tomorrow from 11am to 4:00pm. Check in is at the tour entrance at the front of Fota House next to the café. €5 per child.#somethingfortheweekend#halloweenincork#kidsactivitiescork#visitfota ... See MoreSee Less
We are excited to report that the library fireplace is currently being re-installed after a lengthy absence. It has been lovingly looked after in storage for the past 6 years after being carefully removed for building works in 2015 / 2016 in order to deal with an incidence of dry rot in the room.The fireplace was installed circa 1822 when the library and drawing room pavilion was built by John Smith Barry as part of the major re-development of the house which took place at that time.It is constructed from a beautiful antique white marble, cool and flawless with very little vein. The fluting, carved details, wreaths and profiles are reminiscent of those found elsewhere around the house both in plasterwork and construction. Given this information, it is not unrealistic to suppose that the fireplace was commissioned for the library by John Smith Barry when the pavilion as being built.We will keep you on the progress of this project and will post more photographs very soon.#sharingspecialspaces #HistoricRestoration#visitfota ... See MoreSee Less