Maldron Hotel Cork is one of the best located Cork City hotels and is found in the heart of Corks historic cultural quarter, nestled by the famous Shandon Bells.
This 3 star hotel is the perfect base for your hotel break in the magnificent Cork City, with plenty of amenities and attractions nearby, making it one of the very best city centre hotels Cork has to offer.
One of these local attractions which is a must is Fota Wildlife Park. It is set on 70 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City.
Fota Wildlife Park is a 75-acre wildlife park located on Fota Island, near Carrigtwohill, County Cork, Ireland. Opened in 1983, the park is home to nearly 30 mammal and 50 bird species and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cork. Open year round, the park can be reached by train from the city centre and it is best to put aside a full day to enjoy the experience. With play areas, cafes and a souvenir shop you can enjoy seeing the wide range of exotic animals in a real wildlife park environment.
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. Perfect for everyone whether you’re a family, a couple, friends on a day trip or just fancy doing something new, this is a must visit no matter what the weather.
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How to get there
17km, 20 mins drive from hotel:
Fota Wildlife Park is situated 15km east of Cork City, just off the N25 the main Cork to Waterford road. To find the park when driving take the exit for Cobh/Fota (R624) on the N25 and drive 3.5km on the cobh road past the Fota Island Resort, the entrance to the park is on your right just before Belvelly bridge.
There is a Direct Rail Service to FOTA Wildlife Park as the park has its own railway station. To get to the park by train, take a 5 minute walk to Kent train station, take the Cork to Cobh commuter rail and stop at Fota. This trip takes 10 -15 minutes and stops at the wildlife park.