Located in the sheltered harbour of Cork
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.
- Fota House & tea rooms (Irish Heritage Trust)
- Plant collections
- Victorian fernery
- Victorian working garden (Irish Heritage Trust)
- Formal pleasure gardens & walled gardens
- Italian garden, herbaceous borders, pollinator planting schemes and sun temple
- Terraced lawns
There is no charge to visit the gardens.
See website for fee to visit Fota House (restrictions permitting).
€3 car parking charge.
Eircode T45 Y642
Fota Island, Cork Harbour, is approximately 14 kilometres from Cork City on the Cobh Road. Frequent train service from Cork City to Fota station.
Open daily from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm. See website for specific opening hours of different attractions within the gardens.