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Fota Arboretum and Gardens

Explore an island oasis of rare and exotic flora

09:00 – 18:00

See all opening times

Fota Arboretum and Gardens

Explore an island oasis of rare and exotic flora

09:00 – 18:00

See all opening times

Admission

There is no admission charge to Fota Arboretum & Gardens.

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Getting here

Fota Estate
Carrigtwohill
Co. Cork
T45 K656

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Fota Arboretum and Gardens

The arboretum and gardens on Fota Island, just 16 kilometres from Cork city centre, are an essential destination for any one of a horticultural bent.

The arboretum extends over 11 hectares and contains one of the finest collections of rare, tender trees and shrubs grown outdoors in Europe. The unique conditions at Fota – its warm soil and sheltered location – enable many excellent examples of exotics from the southern hemisphere to flourish.

The gardens include such stunning features as the ornamental pond, formal pleasure gardens, orangery and sun temple. James Hugh Smith-Barry laid them out in the first half of the nineteenth century. Fota House, the Smith-Barrys’ ancestral home, still stands. The house, arboretum and gardens share the island with a hotel and golf resort and a wildlife park.

Opening Times

Open All Year.

Tours: Available by prior appointment, Monday – Friday only.

Average Length of Visit: 1–2 hours

Seasonal Opening Times

April – October

Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 18:00
Sunday 09:00 – 18:00

November – March

Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday 09:00 – 17:00

Arboretum

April – October
Daily 09:00 – 18:00

November – March
Daily 09:00 – 17:00

Walled Gardens

April – Sept
Monday – Friday
09:00 – 16:30 (Friday – 15:30)

Saturday 11:00 – 17:00

Sunday 14:00 – 17:00

Notice

Closed Christmas Holidays

Contact

Fota Estate
Carrigtwohill
Co. Cork
T45 K656

021 481 5543

Getting Here

Located on Fota Island, Cork Harbour, approx. 14 kilometres from Cork City on Cobh Road. Frequent train service from Cork City to Fota station.

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Facilities

  • Car park
  • Toilets

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