FOTA HOUSE & GARDENS
Had an hour or two to spare on Sunday morning so I headed down to the Fota House and Gardens for a stroll around. There is a new car park there now, separate from the Wildlife Park, though it shares the same entrance and costs the same three euro. When you walk in from the car park, you will see, on your left, a magnificent specimen: a huge 1847 Monterey Cypress.
The house was looking well and I enjoyed my walk around the arboretum. Perhaps the most colourful tree at the moment is the 1960 Chinese Cornus.
The one disappointment on this occasion was that the walled gardens were closed up. They don't open on Sundays until 2.00pm – so keep that in mind! Entry is free though there is a charge if you want a tour of the house, There is also a restaurant in the house.