Cork City Council A Cork City Council Initiative
Cork City Council A Cork City Council Initiative

Fota House & Frameyard Gardens

Fota House & Frameyard Gardens

AddressFota Island
Opening HoursOpen 10am to 5.30pm
AccessabilityPartial wheelchair access

Immerse yourself in the charms of our elegant Regency house – home to the Smith Barrys for centuries. Fota House was redesigned in the 1820s by John ‘The Magnificent’ Smith Barry as a splendid setting for his sumptuous entertainments.

Today, Fota’s legendary stories can be experienced through guided tours led by a team of staff and volunteers, whose passion for heritage is contagious. Experience the grand decor of the principle rooms as we take you behind the scenes to the exquisite boudoir and charming Victorian nursery. A special feature is the service wing, where the visitor can experience what life was like for the cooks, butlers, footmen and maids, who supported the lavish lifestyle of the gentry.

Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Fota’s Victorian Working Gardens, with itsbeautifully restored Victorian glasshouses, some of the finest in the country.The Irish Heritage Trust are proud to have recently won a prestigious Europa Nostra heritage award in the category of Education, Training and Awareness-raising for its development of its volunteer initiative in the Victorian Working Gardens.

Fota House is cared for by the Irish Heritage Trust and is open from March to September. In celebration of Cork Heritage Day, the Irish Heritage Trust is delighted to offer visitors a complimentary tour of Fota House and access to the Victorian Frameyard garden by pre-booked guided tour.

House Tour times 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm, Victorian Frameyard Garden Tour Times 12pm and 1.30pm.

Advance booking is essential as places will be limited.

Email: or phone 021 4815543 (Mon-Fri 10am to 5pm)