We offer a welcome to all at Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens and strive to make the house, gardens, and events as accessible to visitors as possible.

Is the house tour accessible?

The principal rooms and the Service Wing are fully accessible. Access to the first floor is restricted, because of architectural features we cannot alter. However, we will be happy to share information and stories about these rooms with you during your visit. Ask at the welcome desk for information.

Assistance dogs are welcome in the house, grounds, shop, and café. During café opening hours water is provided for visiting dogs.

Garden Surfaces

Access to the arboretum is through an entrance beside the house. The path surfaces are fine gravel – please ask us for directions at the Welcome Desk.

Café and Catering

Our café is fully accessible and there is an adapted toilet on the ground floor of the house.


We have ample free parking for cars and coaches and coach groups are very welcome. We also offer dedicated parking spaces for holders of disabled parking permits.

Events & Venue Hire

When we are planning events at Fota House, Garden & Arboretum, we strive to make them as accessible as possible and include information about accessibility in our event details. If you are organising or attending an event at Fota House, we will be happy to answer questions you may have so that we can ensure you and your guests have a great experience during your visit.

Would you like more information?

If you would like additional information about access to help with your visit plans, please call our Visitor Services team on 021 481 5543 or email, and we will be delighted to help.