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.
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.
Welcome to Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens, an architectural masterpiece, a treasure house of art and a place for people to enjoy. Fota House is owned and managed by the Irish Heritage Trust. Come and share this special place with us.
Had our wedding photos taken here and it was one of the best things we did. Stunning surroundings and beautiful atmosphere. Amazing photos. Also irish weather is hugely unpredictable so it is very comforting to know that no matter the weather Fota House will always deliver amazingly beautiful memories of your special day.
Would highly recommend this to every couple looking to get married ❤️
2 days 4 hours ago
We had our wedding photos taken here aswell always loved this house we used to visit a lot over the years