Fota Arboretum & Gardens

Located in the sheltered harbour of Cork

Fota 1

Now Open

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 and sun temple
  • Terraced lawns

Entrance Fee

  • 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.

Opening Hours

Now Open

Open daily from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, April to September, and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, October to March.  See website for specific opening hours of different attractions within the gardens. 


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

Facebook: @fotaopw