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Fota Island - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Fota Island, Foaty, Co. Cork, Ireland


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About Fota Island

Fota is an island in Cork Harbour, Ireland, just north of the larger island of Great Island. Fota Island is host to Ireland's only wildlife park – as well as the historical Fota House and gardens and golf course owned by the "Fota Island Golf Club and Resort". The island comprises two townlands both called Foaty: one each in the civil parishes of Clonmel (the western half of Great Island) and Carrigtohill.

Attractions Near Fota Island

Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park1.16km from Fota Island

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork is a special zoo and Ireland’s premier wildlife attraction. Wherever possible the park have chosen animals that thrive in a free-range environment, which allows them to roam free, while mixed with other species and with us human visitors. The park is home to nearly 30 mammal and 50 bird species.

Barryscourt Castle
Barryscourt Castle2.76km from Fota Island

Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the great Anglo-Norman Barry family and is one of the finest examples of a restored Irish Tower House. Dating from between 1392 and 1420, the Castle has an outer bawn wall and largely intact corner towers. It was built in a style fairly typical in Ireland in the 16th century, consisting of a main tower house building with smaller adjacent buildings arranged around a courtyard, which was protected by an outer "bawn" or curtain wall, with 3 smaller corner towers.

St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh5.31km from Fota Island

The Cathedral Church of St Colman, is a single-spire cathedral in Cobh, Ireland. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral and was completed in 1919. Built on Cathedral Place, it overlooks Cork harbour from a prominent position, and is dedicated to Colmán of Cloyne, patron saint of the Diocese of Cloyne. It serves as the cathedral church of the Diocese. Today, the cathedral continues to hold religious services and often hosts recitals featuring choirs from around the world.

Lusitania Memorial
Lusitania Memorial5.43km from Fota Island

The Lusitania Memorial is a tribute monument located in the town centre of Cobh, Ireland. It commemorates the 1200 victims of the Lusitania, a ship torpedoed by a submarine in 1915. Now, it is a popular tourist destination, largely because it offers cruises into the edges of the Atlantic Ocean, where passengers can see whales, but also because of its growing reputation in the field of gourmet food.

Cobh Museum
Cobh Museum5.53km from Fota Island

Cobh Museum is situated overlooking Cork Harbour. The exhibitions reflect the cultural, social and maritime history of Cobh and the Great Island. Formerly known as Queenstown, Cobh has a long maritime history and is known throughout the world for its association with emigration and was the last port of call for the RMS Titanic.

Sirius Arts Centre
Sirius Arts Centre5.56km from Fota Island

Sirius Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation in the Cobh-Glanmire municipal district of east Cork. It is housed in a beautiful Italiante building that was designed by Anthony Salvin in 1854 to house the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest in the world. It hosts visual arts exhibitions, music concerts and community engagement events year round.

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County Cork
County Cork
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County Cork is the largest and the southernmost county of Ireland, situated in the province of Munster and named after the city of Cork, Ireland's second-largest city. It is one of Ireland's main tourist destinations, known for its rugged coast and megalithic monuments and as the starting point for the Wild Atlantic Way.