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Fota House and Gardens

Fota House is a fabulous regency style great country house situated in East Cork.

It has been restored and conserved by the Irish Heritage Trust who share the magnificent surroundings by way of public guided tours from April to September inclusive.

Visitors can discover fascinating insights into the contrasting lives of the masters of a former time and their servants in the original surroundings that shaped their worlds.

The Magic of Santa and Toy Prince this Christmas

Step back in time and experience a magical guided tour through Fota House this Christmas with your family.

Be part of something special at this beautiful regency property and meet Mrs Claus in our Victorian Kitchen, where you will begin your journey to Clara, the Toymaker and the Mischievous Mouse King. Can you help release the Toy Prince from under the Mouse King’s spell and return him to his beloved friend Clara?

Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas as you prepare to meet Santa Claus himself and tell him what you would like this Christmas. Every child will receive a gift from Santa Claus and there will be lots of seasonal photo opportunities throughout the house - so don't forget to bring your camera!

Our popular children’s Christmas crafts return for 2018 and get ready to leave a wish on our special Wishing Tree. Bakestone will be with us, serving their delicious seasonal treats – warming hot chocolate, mince pies and loads more! Our volunteer craft stand will be on display in the Long Gallery by our gorgeous open fire where you can pick up that unique and handmade gift or last minute tree decoration!

‘The Magic of Santa’ runs Friday 7th December from 5pm to 8.00pm, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th from 12.00pm to 8.00pm;  Friday 14th December from 5pm to 8.00pm, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th from 12.00pm to 8.00pm. Tickets: Adult €9, Children €19.

When exploring the House a visit to or guided tour of our award winning Victorian Frameyard Garden is a must. 

Fota House hosts a range of monthly cultural events, there is always something to do at Fota!

Our calendar of events includes seasonal offerings for families at Easter, Halloween and Christmas, along with a host of exciting activties during the summer for National Heritage week, outdoor theatre and programmes in the Gardens.

The Cafe at Fota House enjoys a reputation for serving scrumptious home baking and delicious meals: these are served in the atmospheric Billiard Room.

During the summer, you can dine al fresco and enjoy the views over Fota’s parklands. The choice of food available is varied and dishes are prepared on a daily basis, often using organic produce from Fota’s kitchen garden. Our menu always includes vegetarian and gluten free dishes.

Fota House and Gardens Opening Times

Fota House and our Victorian Frameyard Garden is open for guided tours from April to September from 10am to 5pm (Monday to Saturday) and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Our calendar of events operates all year round, please see our website for details

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