Facilities Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland and has been awarded ‘Best Family Day Out’ for both Munster and Cork on several occasions. It is also in the Top 25 Zoos/Animal Parks in Europe in the 2015 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards

Transport

Arriving at the Park has never been easier and you can now reach us by either car or train. Fota is the only tourist attraction in Ireland that has its own dedicated Irish Rail train station and there is also excellent road access via the N25.

Parking is available adjacent to Fota Wildlife Park’s main entrance and costs €3, with funds raised helping to maintain the nearby Fota House & Gardens. While inside, our Fota Wildlife Park Jeep Safari and HB Fun Train bring visitors around the Park and wheelchairs are also available on loan.

Wild Dining

Cafe at the Main Entrance

Visitors to Fota have two options when it comes to eating on site. Our Savannah Café is located by the main entrance - within view of the Grey-cheeked Mangabey and Meerkat exhibit as well as the Park’s largest play area - and serves a variety of snacks, sandwiches and hot meals throughout the day. The Café also has a hot drinks menu and a selection of treats available for anyone looking to take a well-deserved rest. Seating is available both inside and outside the main service area.

The Oasis Café is situated at the opposite end of the Park (near the Irish Rail station) and has a range of hot food options including burgers, pizza, chips and nuggets. There is a large Picnic & Rest area nearby with plenty of benches and trees for shade when the sun shines.

A new shop selling Ice Cream, Cold Drinks and snacks has also opened in the Asian Sanctuary.

The Serengeti Gift Store stocks water, soft drinks and ice-cream and there is a HB Swirls stand for anyone looking for something a little more special. Ice-cream is also available from a stand next to the Oasis Café. Apart from duck food, which can be purchased on the walk down to the lake area, we ask visitors not to feed any of their own food to the animals as it may make them ill or even cause their death.

Fota Wildlife Park tries to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable day when they visit, so if there’s anything extra we can do (heating baby food or special food requests), please ask a member of staff and we will do everything we can to help. Toilets, disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities are also available.

Shopping

Serengeti Gift StoreLooking for a takeaway treasure or a gift to surprise someone? Then venture no further than the Serengeti Gift Store, which is located by the main entrance to the Park. Decorated with trees from the island itself, the shop has items to suit every budget and stocks a huge range of soft toys, carved statues, Fota-branded merchandise, books, jewellery and educational puzzles.

The shop has an exclusive range of souvenirs produced by small-scale, family businesses from the Ubud Monkey Forest region of Bali and the income from these items is helping the community there thrive. For something made much closer to home, nibble on some locally-made Fota chocolate or pick up some traditional boiled sweets, made in Cork city, or even a traditional rock. 

Digital camera memory cards and batteries are also available and the shop takes payment via Visa, Mastercard, Laser and Eurocard.

Activities

Though animals are central to everything that happens at Fota, there is plenty more to see and do once you arrive. Children are free to enjoy the play areas dotted around the Park and are invited to take part in the activities organised right throughout the year, including arts & crafts, face painting and African drumming.

Visitors can see animals feeding and foraging for food while they enjoy a walk around the beautiful surrounds of Fota Island itself. Our specially-constructed Cheetah Run is proving to be particularly popular as crowds can witness the speed and power that makes the Cheetah such an incredible predator in the wild.

Kids Play AreaFor those seeking a range of activities for kids, the Park offers a number of Camps during the year, in particular around school mid-terms and the summer holidays. For more details, see our Group Tours and Events sections or check us out on Facebook or Twitter. Fota also offers an extensive list of primary, secondary and third-level courses through our award-winning Education Complex. Two First Aid stations are located within the Park - one as part of the Main Entrance complex and a second near the Oasis Café.