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Welcome to Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens - an Irish Heritage Trust Property

Immerse yourself in the charms of this 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 you can hear Fota's legendary stories for yourself with guided tours led by a team of volunteers, whose passion for heritage is contagious!

Our guides will show you the grand décor of the principle rooms and take you behind the scenes to the exquisite boudoir and charming Victorian nursery.

A special feature is our service wing, where you can experience what life was like for the cooks, butlers,  footmen and maids who supported the lavish lifestyle of the gentry.



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We're constantly working to maintain and improve the beautiful and historic features of Fota House & Gardens - but we need regular help from volunteers and donors to do so.

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