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Fota Wildlife Park

Cork International Hotel is perfectly located in the centre of activity in County Cork. Being a brief 10 minute journey from Cork City, there is an abundance of things you can do. During your next stay at Cork International Hotel, why not plan your fun-filled day out to be at Fota Wildlife Park.

Initially, Fota Island was a 100-acre estate and private home of the Smith-Barry family for nearly 800 years before being sold to University College Cork in 1975. Seeds for the Wildlife Park were sown in 1979 following on from Dr. Terry Murphys proposal for a Wildlife Park to be established in Ireland. Buildings were erected as more funding became more readily available and the first animals arrived at the end of 1982. Fota Wildlife Park opened to the general public the following summer and has since been an independently funded, not-for-profit charity that is one of the leading wildlife and conservation attractions in Ireland, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.

Fota Wildlife Park is home to almost 30 mammals and 50 bird species, with animals in the park representing all of Earth’s continents and ecosystems. Many of the animals roam freely amongst the park, with visitors able to watch animals feeding and foraging for food during their time at Fota Island. Fota Wildlife Park’s mission is to inspire others to understand and converse the natural world, fostering greater public understanding for threats to plant and animal habitats, harming global biodiversity.

Children and adults alike will enjoy exploring Fota Wildlife Park with several locations around the park being the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic or an ice cream. Feel free to let the kids enjoy some fun in the play areas dotted around the park or take part in activities organised in the park throughout the year. With being one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, it is no surprise that it was voted ‘Best Family Day Out’ for both Munster and Cork time and time again.

How To Get There

To begin your trip to Fota Wildlife Park, take the second exit at the first roundabout on leaving Cork International Hotel. Continue driving straight through the proceeding roundabouts until you join the N2, bringing you towards Cork City. Continue on this road for 3 KM before arriving at the Kinsale Road Roundabout. Take the third exit onto the N40 ramp for South Ring (East). Continue on this route for approximately 11KM, driving through the Jack Lynch Tunnel. On exiting the tunnel you will be faced with another roundabout. Take the third exit for Rosslare/Waterford before meeting another roundabout where you will take the first exit onto R624. Continue on this route for 3km before arriving at your destination on your right.

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