Fota House is open 7 days a week from March to September from 10am to 5pm, including Bank Holidays.
The house is closed during November in preparation for our Christmas experience and throughout the month of January. In mid-February until mid-March we are open at weekends only after which we are open 7 days a week reverting to weekends only in the month of October. Please note the house is exclusively used for our Christmas experience in December.
Guided House Tours
House tours commence at 12:30 every day. The last tour each day departs at 3:30pm from March to September and at weekends in February & October.
We kindly ask that visitors arrive at the Welcome Desk at least 10 minutes ahead of the tour time. During peak season, we recommend that visitors book their guided tour in advance of their visit.
Groups that are pre-booked may avail of private weekday guided tours in February, October, and November by arrangement.
Fota Gardens Opening Times
The Arboretum is open every day throughout the year with the following times for the formal walled gardens:
April – September: Weekdays 8:30am to 4:45pm (closing at 3:45pm on Fridays) and 11am – 5pm at weekends. Closed at weekends only October to March.
Our beautifully restored Victorian Working Garden is open Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 3pm and some Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. It closes from the start of October until the beginning of March.
Our on-site café at Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is open for delicious meals and snacks from 10am to 5pm between March and September. It is open from 11am to 4pm in February & October.
Events and Things To Do
Join us in the house and gardens for activities, courses, and events which form part of our packed programme throughout the year.
Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is surrounded by great attractions and wonderful towns and villages, so be sure to explore this stretch of Cork’s coastline and Ireland’s Ancient East when you visit too.
Thank You for Your Support!
Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is an Irish Heritage Trust property. The Irish Heritage Trust is a registered charity, and so, when you take a tour, make a purchase, or attend an event here, you are supporting our work to conserve and animate this special place for future generations.