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Following the most recent Government announcement Fota Wildlife Park is set to re-open on the 26th April.

On-line booking pages are now open 7 days in advance.


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 and Car Parking

Please note   - if you choose to park your car at Fota, this means that your visit to Fota House’s grounds, frame yard garden, walled gardens and arboretum are also included in the €3 car park charge and monies raised from this charge go towards the upkeep of Fota House and Gardens. The Irish Heritage Trust, who own Fota House and Gardens is a charitable status organisation like the Wildlife Park. Recent upgrades to this system, means you can now pay by card, with tap fuction available, as an alternative to coins at the exit. 

Alternatively, you may travel to Fota by rail, as it has its own dedicated rail stop and the Wildlife Park has a station gate entrance which facilitates visitors who may not have a car or choose to use public transport. Please visit www.irishrail.ie for the full list of train times and connecting options.


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 Colobus and Meerkat habitat as well as the Park’s sandpit playground - 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 newly updated playground and a large Picnic & Rest area nearby with plenty of benches, trees and a Marquee for shade when the sun shines.

** COVID-19 Update - Currently the Oasis Café is open with a reduced menu for takeaway only. High-chair loan in not currently available for outdoor dining.**



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. Ice-cream is also available from a stand next to the Oasis Café. (Please note the Serengeti Gift Store closes at 5.40pm during summer hours and 4.15pm during winter hours.)  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.

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. 

The shop takes payment via Visa, Mastercard, Laser and Eurocard. Please note the Serengeti Gift Store closes around 20 minutes before the park closes, please arrive before that time to avoid disappointment.

*** Covid-19 Update - Our Gift Shop is currently closed. ***
However if you would like to purchase from our supplier Nature Planet please do so from our link. We have an online gift card shop here.



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 and face painting.

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.

*** Covid-19 Update - Currently daily feeding times, talks, childrens activities and tour train are NOT running. ALL playgrounds are closed. We are not currently taking group bookings. Summer Camps will not be taking place in 2021. ***


Wheelchairs and Buggies

Fota Wildlife Park is wheelchair accessible, there are four disabled/wheelchair accessible toilets located within the Park. Two at the Savannah Café, one by the Tiger Forest and one located in the Oasis café which is by the lake. There are 4 manual wheelchairs available for use free of charge, however, these are subject to availability, these are in Reception, just inside the main entry point.

Our tour train can facilitate wheelchairs and buggies (buggies must be folded) – this operates seasonally and is subject to capacity.  Please call 021 481 2678 if you have any queries.

** Covid-19 Update - Our buggy loan facility is suspended until further notice, we apologise for any inconvience caused. 


Special Needs & Carers Policy

We have a discount of 50% on the entry ticket for a child or adult with special needs, their accompanying carer will receive entry free of charge, please have your associate members card (such as the Rainbow Club) or lanyard or carers card with you on arrival.

If you have any additional needs gaining access such as but not limited to the points below, please call our team on 021 481 2678:

• Queuing at the main gates
• Queuing in one-way system in shop
• No dogs are allowed - advice on assistance animals

Support for ASD visitors

Please download or read our social story to help prepare for your visit here.

Please ask for our free Sensory Map to help prepare for the various sensory levels you may encournter on your journey around the Park (such as heat in the Tropcal House - currently closed due to Covid regulations - and the sounds some of the animals make). 'Please note we can provide a pair of disposable ear buds if you do not have your own ear defenders  - just request from our team on entry at the gates.

***** COVID-19 UPDATE ******

There are currently precautionary measures in place in the wildlife park including a required pre-booking of time slots. Please find further details here. 

Please Note -  there is a One-Way system in place around the wildlife park. There is also a One-Way system in the Gift Shop. There are also only a limited amount of people allowed enter the shop at one time, you may need to queue for entry. 

Please Also see our Covid-19 FAQ and map of the one-way system.

Certain parts of the park remain closed. Including the Tour Train, Tropical House, Madagascan Villiage and ALL the playgrounds. 


Video of One-Way System - (please note this video is a time lapse guide around the park and moves quickly)