We are delighted to again welcome visitors to enjoy the magnificent grounds from 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM daily following Covid-19 closure. Our grounds access plan is for safe, respectful visits to the Arboretum & Gardens with visitors asked to observe HSE guidelines at all times. The House is due to reopen on July 20th.

  • Arboretum opened daily at the above times
  • Walled & Pleasure Gardens open daily
  • We are pleased to 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.

While Fota House itself, managed by the Irish Heritage Trust, remains closed for the time being we are working behind-the-scenes so that we can welcome you back when the time comes. We will also have updates about events as information becomes available. In the meantime the following amenities are available;

  • Victorian Working Gardens is open Mon–Fri 10:30am - 3pm with a large range of plants grown by Fota Gardeners available for purchase
  • Bakestone Café are operating a takeaway coffee and limited snack menu daily 11am-5pm.


General Site Guidelines

  • Visitors are asked to adhere to social distancing of 2m as advised by the HSE
  • We remind visitors of the 5k travel radius currently in place which extends to 20k in phase two
  • On pathways around the Arboretum & Gardens and to / from the car park visitors are asked to adopt a ‘keep left / pass right’ walking pattern
  • At any pinch points, such as crossing pathways, visitors are encouraged to beckon thru others to avoid undue contact
  • Visitors are asked to keep contact with others to a minimum and not congregate in any groups – please keep pathways free others
  • 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

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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