Fota Arboretum and Gardens

Fota Arboretum and Gardens

Top Tourist Attractions

The arboretum and gardens are on Fota Island. The arboretum extends over 11 hectares and contains one of the finest collections of rare, tender trees and shrubs grown outdoors in Europe. Fota Gardens include such stunning features as the ornamental pond, formal pleasure gardens, orangery and sun temple.

Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens is famous for its magnificent Regency period house, beautiful formal gardens, and world-renowned arboretum. It is located 12km east of Cork City on the northern shore of Cork Harbour, adjacent to Cobh. It is an essential destination for anyone of a horticultural bent. Fota’s internationally recognized arboretum and gardens are open all year round and are a haven for relaxation and enjoyment.

The arboretum extends over 11 hectares and contains one of the finest collections of rare, tender trees and shrubs grown outdoors in Europe. The unique conditions at Fota – its warm soil and sheltered location – enable many excellent examples of exotics from the southern hemisphere to flourish.


Fota House:

Today you can hear Fota’s legendary stories for yourself with guided tours led by a team of volunteers, whose passion for heritage is contagious! The guides will show you the grand décor of the principal rooms and take you behind the scenes to the exquisite boudoir and charming Victorian nursery.

Victorian Working Garden:

Dating to the late Victorian period, this wonderful horticultural Victorian Working Garden comprises three stand-alone glasshouses, pit houses, and bothy buildings which were all fully restored since the Irish Heritage Trust took responsibility for Fota in 2007.

Volunteers will give a tour of the history of the working gardens including the orchard. Visitors are welcome to walk around this reclaimed space and explore the working glasshouses and pit houses, buy some of the volunteers’ wonderful plants, sit on a well-positioned bench and take in the atmosphere.

Service wing:

A special feature is the service wing, where one can experience what life was like for the cooks, butlers, footmen, and maids who supported the lavish lifestyles of the gentry.

Painting Collection:

The painting collection is considered to be one of the finest collections of landscape paintings outside the National Gallery of Ireland and includes works by William Ashford PRHA, Robert Carver, Jonathan Fisher, and Thomas Roberts.

The Pleasure Gardens:

Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Fota’s gardens and stroll in the historic ‘pleasure grounds’ that continue to offer delights for visitors today. Experience the heavenly rose garden and explore the arboretum where you will discover a host of rare and majestic trees.

Their team of volunteers proudly nurtures organic produce using the methods handed down from the gardeners who once worked this stunning walled garden. And for something a little different visit the atmospheric fernery with its exotic tree ferns.

Event Hire:

Fota House is an exclusive and historic venue that boasts beautifully proportioned rooms and exquisite plasterwork. Set amidst rolling parkland and situated 7km from Cork City this venue offers a truly unique setting for meetings and events.

Bakestown Café:

Fota House shares its passion for offering visitors locally sourced produce and the best of each season.

Fota House Gift Shop:

A wide range of giftware, jewellery, artisan foods, and books are available.

Wonderful gardens with a diverse set of plants from temperate areas around the world, stunning houses, and a well-guided tour by the volunteers make this a go-to place for all the visitors.