Fota Wildlife Park
A Wild Day Out
Fota Wildlife Park is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City (top 10 in the best cities to visit in the Lonely Planet guide’s ‘Best in Travel 2010′).
The park is not like an ordinary zoo; here you can come face to face with free roaming animals & birds from all parts of the world. So whether it’s a kangaroo that hops in front of you or a ring tailed lemur which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories.
In addition to the wonderful array of free roaming animals, visitors also have the opportunity to see highly endangered species such as the Rothschild giraffe, European Bison, Lion Tailed Macaque and Scimitar Horned Oryx, most of them without the obstacle of fenced-in exhibits.
This is the most spectacular aspect of Fota Wildlife Park, and is the reason you’ll want to spend a full day exploring Ireland’s Wildest Attraction.
Great base for exploring!
'My partner and I really enjoyed our stay at this classic and beautiful hotel in the heart of Cork city. The staff were exceptional in their friendliness and service.
It was ten minutes walk to the train station, and less to the bus, meaning that if you wanted to explore (like we did) it was easy to make use of public transport. Cobh was a half an hour away, Fota Wildlife Park even less. McCurtain Street itself has a lovely selection of bars and eateries.
Another big tourist draw in the city is the English Market; again that couldn't have been much more than ten minutes walk over the river.
The pool was great too, and I could see the gym was very popular among guests, and members alike.
Irish hotels generally have a high standard of breakfast, and the Metropole follows that - lovely selection of healthy options with freshly made smoothies and fruit as well as the traditional range of cold meats and cheeses, dried fruits and nuts, and a wonderful cooked breakfast available buffet style so you can have as much as you like. Nice selection of condiments on offer and complimentary newspapers available - sure we didn't want to leave!'
Review from FiNiLiathain via TripAdvisor.