Fota Arboretum & Gardens

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Located in the sheltered harbour of Cork

Fota Arboretum & Gardens


Located in the sheltered harbour of Cork, Fota Arboretum and Gardens are of international renown, with one of the finest collections of rare and tender trees and shrubs grown outdoors in Ireland and Britain. The conifer collection is exceptional, with outstanding examples of Abies, Cryptomeria, Cupressus, Pinus, Picea, Sequoia, Sequoiadendron, some of which were among the first to be planted in Europe.

The name ‘Fota’ derives from the Irish ‘Fód te’, meaning warm soil, and it is these brown earth soils coupled with the mildness of the climate which have allowed the flourishing of many tender plants that cannot be grown outdoors in inland locations in Ireland.

Special Features:
– Fota House & tea rooms (Irish Heritage Trust)
– Plant collections
– Victorian fernery
– Victorian working garden (Irish heritage Trust)
– Orangery
– Formal pleasure gardens & walled gardens,
– Italian garden, herbaceous borders, pollinator
– planting schemes, sun temple.
– Terraced lawns

Opening times
April – October: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
November – March: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Entrance Fee
Gardens Free
Fota House: Check website
€3 Car parking charge

Use Eircode/Postcode
T45 Y642 with Google Maps.

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

OPW, Fota Arboretum & Gardens,
Mimosa House, Fota Estate, Carrigtwohill,
Co. Cork.
Tel. 021 481 2728


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