Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens in Cork is operated by Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity. The Gardens extend to over 40 hectares and the Arboretum is set in over 11 hectares. The Arboretum is home to a unique collection of rare trees and shrubs. In addition, visitors can enjoy an ornamental pond, orangery, sun temple, formal gardens and much more.
There is no charge to visit the Arboretum and Gardens where you can enjoy walks, digging for history, a honey bee adventure and lots of fun outdoor activities and events suitable for all ages. For those looking for more eco-friendly options, did you know that you can even get to Fota House by train? So leave the car behind and head to Fota House for a eco-friendly adventure designed to be family-friendly!
The Fota Junior Pollinator Trail is the perfect introduction to bees with an activity trail around 12 stations that will have children buzzing! They will learn about pollination, the Queen Bee and other types of bees, plants and flowers that bees love and they will also get to observe a working hive. Trail maps are available free from the welcome desk.
There are several outdoor fun nature trails to enjoy at Fota House including:
- Junior Plant Hunters Activity Trail collect your activity book and take the trail to discover everything there is to see and do in the Gardens and Arboretum. A fun way to spend a morning or afternoon discovering nature.
- Little Explorers Trail is a fun trail around the Gardens and Arboretum to explore the wonders of nature.
- Plant Hunters Tree Trail is a trail to identify rare and unusual species at Fota. It is a free-ranging trail suitable for families with older kids and teens and adults.