Welcome & Opening Times

Fota House Tours

Fota House is currently closed for house tours until February 2021

Bakestone Café at Fota House

Bakestone Café at Fota House is currently open weekends only on Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm for takeaway tea/coffee & sweet treats. They will not reopen for indoor dining until 2021.

Toilets

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 2021
  • Fota Arboretum is open daily 9:00am - 5:30pm
  • 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.

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

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 is open to the public by appointment only Monday – Friday from Monday, 27th September until November 30th. Viewing times are 11am to 1pm. Admission is free until November 30th.

In order to view this exciting exhibition please arrange your visit by emailing info@fotahouse.com or calling us on 021-4815543.

Halloween Witches Walk

A  fun family self guided trail around the Arboretum & Gardens - don't forget your costumes.

  • Tuesday, October 26th to Sunday, October 31st
  • 11:00am to 4:00pm Daily - no need to pre book
  • Children €5 & Adults Free

A Fairytale Christmas at Fota House

Be part of something really special with your family this Christmas at Fota House. Explore the charming, seasonally decorated rooms of our regency house on your journey through and meet some seasonal characters before your visit to Santa. As part of this traditional experience, every child will receive a gift from Santa Claus and there will be lots of seasonal photo opportunities throughout the house – so don’t forget to bring your camera!.

 

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 Cool Running Events so for further information on this event please go to www.iceskating.ie 

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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8 hours ago

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
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9 hours ago

Don’t forget our outdoor Halloween Witches Walk starts on Tuesday, October 26th and runs until Sunday, October 31st from 11-4 daily. No pre booking required and don’t forget your costumes!! 🧙‍♀️🎃👻#halloweenincork #kidsactivitiescork #midtermbreak #itsbeginningtolookspookyaroundhere ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Our Grand Hallway has been the perfect location for the final preparations for our forthcoming exhibition. ‘Patterns of History: Fota House’s Wallpaper Collection’ 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 is open to the public by appointment only Monday – Friday from Monday, 27th September until November 30th. Viewing times are 11am to 1pm. Admission is free until November 30th.In order to view this exciting exhibition please arrange your visit by emailing info@fotahouse.com or calling us on 021-4815543.#sharingspecialspaces#historicwallpaper#newexhibition #visitfota ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

We are pleased to announce that our Christmas event A Fairytale Christmas at Fota House will take place from Thursday, December 2nd to Wednesday, December 22nd 2021Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday, October 12th#christmasincork #santaincork #visitfota ... See MoreSee Less
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