[close] × Fota Wildlife Park Covid-19 Update

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

On-line booking pages will re-open on the 19th April.


Family Holidays Things To Do

There is no better way to begin a family vacation than with a trip to Fota Island and its Wildlife Park. However, there are plenty of other activities and places to see while in Cork and surrounding counties.

Family Holidays

Cork's Harbour Island's are full of activities and adventure for all the family! With fun days out, water activities, great fun and fabulous accommodation there is so much to see and do. Visit corkharbourislands.ie to start your adventure now.

kids playing at Fota

Look no further than Trabologan Holiday Village for a peaceful destination to stay or a busy day of family entertainment. Toddlers, teens and even Mum and Dad will be kept going for hours with the Village’s wave pool and water-slide, 18-hole golf course, Indoor sports complex and play areas.

Ireland’s only outdoor, drive-in cinema is located in Cork, and Movie Junction - just off the N25 in Carrigtwohill - is another great option for families. The cinema was built with comfort in mind so each car has its own angled bay, completed with rainproof canopy and in-car heating system. Movie goers hear the sound through their own car stereo, so there’s no better way to see all the latest releases while having the freedom to talk throughout.

An entire day can be spent in and around Youghal, near the county border with Waterford. The town has over eight kilometres of beaches - Claycastle, Front Strand and Redbarn have all received Blue Flags - and bike rides, pony and trap excursions and cruises on the river Blackwater will keep everyone on the move. Youghal also has a cinema and leisure centre but perhaps one of the biggest draw is Perks - a huge indoor entertainment complex with bowling, kids rides and a games area.

Further on from Youghal off the main N25 to Waterford is the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway which is a big hit for those Thomas the Tank Engine fans of all ages.

If you want more railway themed fun then take a trip to West Cork and visit the Model Railway village in Clonakility which is also close to the fantastic beach in Inchydoney. Heading back up north west from there is modelling of a different kind with soldiers instead of trains at the Toy Soldier Factory which is close to Macroom. 

If you are strolling around the city centre visiting the many shops take a walk up to Shandon and ring the bells but also call into Lenihans sweet shop who have been making hard sweets there long before the park was even open. If you are staying near the city overnight check out a show in either the Cork Opera House or Everyman Palace Theatre who sometimes have special shows on during the school holidays.

Another must if you are holidaying in the area is a visit to the Mitchelstown Caves where you will have the unique experience of walking 200ft under the ground in one of Europes best caves located between Michelstown and Cahir.

For more details about Family Fun events in Cork and further afield, check out DiscoverIreland.ie