Welcome & Opening Times

Fota House Tours

Guided tours of the Fota House are available each day at 12 noon, 2pm and 3:30pm. Tours can be booked in advance on this website or open to visitors on the day 10 minutes prior to the commencement time. Tours last approx. 50 minutes and tells the story on the Fota property, the Smith-Barry Family and the staff who worked across the estate.

Fota House Gift Shop

Open daily 10:30 - 5pm. A wide range of giftware, jewellery, artisan foods and books are available.

Bakestone Café at Fota House

Bakestone Café at Fota House is now open each day 10:30am - 5pm. Indoor Cafe is table service only (limited capacity) but takeaway food & beverages are served through an outside counter with outdoor benches adjacent.


Outdoor toilets are available past the Café area of Fota House

Arboretum & Gardens

  • Victorian Working Gardens are open weekdays from 10:30am - 4:45pm and weekends 12noon to 4:45pm with a range of plants also available for purchase.
  • Fota Arboretum is open daily 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fota Walled & Pleasure Gardens are open during the week with weekend opening (From 1st April); Saturday 11am-5pm & Sunday 2-5pm
  • 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

Upcoming Events


September 9th - 21st Century ABBA & Elton John Outdoor Performance presented by Chapterhouse Productions

Chapterhouse Productions presents an exhilarating evening of music from Abba & Elton John in the beautiful surroundings of Fota House & Gardens.

For further information and to book Click Here

Irish Craft Heroes Outdoor Panel Exhibition

Irish Craft Heroes, a major exhibition celebrating 50 years of Irish craft, coincides with Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s (DCCI) 50th Anniversary since its establishment in 1971. To mark this landmark occasion, the National Design & Craft Gallery has produced an outdoor, touring exhibition and publication charting the evolution of the craft and design sector in Ireland over the last 50 years, paying homage to the many makers whose work has contributed to the rich tapestry of craft and design practice in Ireland.

Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens plays host to this very interesting and informative exhibition at our Victorian Working Gardens until July 26th. The exhibition is open 10:30am – 4:45pm daily and 12 noon – 4:45pm at weekends & bank holidays. Admission is free.

For further information click here


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 available to view on request - please call us on 021-4815543 to arrange a visit.


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

Before and after! Wedding Ceremony & Dinner for Stefan & Patrick’s special day 💍🤵‍♂️🤵‍♂️#weddingsatfota#specialday #sharingspecialplaces #corkweddings ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

If you are out and about this weekend don’t forget to visit Victorian Working Gardens at Fota where the outdoor panel Irish Craft Heroes enters its final few weeks on display. Open from 12-5 Saturday & Sunday with a large selection of plants and freshly cut flowers all grown on site for sale. Heartbreak Productions will be presenting their outdoor Murder Mystery Much Ado About Murder at 7pm on Saturday. Tickets are available to purchase on the night as well as online. Bring your picnic and enjoy the show!#visitfota#outdoortheatre #sunnyweekend ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

The final part of the renovations to the exterior facade of the Fota House. Gebel & Helling Conservation expertly replacing the limestone supporting column in the Library window.#irishheritagetrust #conservation #visitfota ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

We absolutely love these bunches of freshly cut flowers that are available to purchase in our Victorian Working Gardens at the moment. Open from 10.30am Monday to Friday & 12pm on Saturday & Sunday. Lots of plants available to purchase as well all grown on site by our Head Gardener and our wonderful volunteers. # freshflowers# visitfota#sharingspecialplaces ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

We look forward to welcoming Heartbreak Productions to Fota House & Gardens on July 16th with their production Much Ado About Murder.This original murder mystery will set five suspects under the spotlight, and they will depend on the audience to find answers. Who was lurking in the corridor carrying a candlestick? When did the third gunshot go off – before or after the very silly song? And probably most importantly, why didn’t you pack a larger picnic?Answers to these and other equally important questions will only be uncovered as Much Ado About Murder unfolds. Please note that this is an outdoor performance.Tickets are available on rezgo.me/sZj ... See MoreSee Less
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