Fota Arboretum & Gardens
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Located on Fota Island and operated by Heritage Ireland, Fota Arboretum and Gardens covers an area of about 11 hectares in County Cork. The gardens were laid out in the first half of the 19th century and include tender and exotic plants.
Fota Arboretum & Gardens has a wealth of things to see and do. The arboretum has a renowned collection of tender and exotic trees and shrubs from the southern hemisphere. These were discovered and brought back by the intrepid plant hunters of the 18th and 19th centuries. You can also visit the fragrant rose garden and pleasure grounds and the atmospheric Victorian fernery. The delightful and tranquil gardens at Fota were laid out by James Hugh Smith-Barry in the first half of the 19th century and are a must see when visiting this area. Entry to the arboretum is free.
Guided tours of the house, arboretum and the beautifully restored Victorian walled kitchen garden are available by appointment for a charge. Self-guided tree trails of the arboretum can be purchased from Fota House from April to September.
There is ample parking and coaches are very welcome.