Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World

About Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World

Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World is a fascinating tourist attraction just outside Edinburgh which showcases some incredible, beautiful and very creepy-crawly examples of insects and reptiles from around the world. The attraction has several areas that you can explore and features some interesting talks and hands-on demonstrations with the keepers where you can get up close and personal with some of the crawling and slithering beasties that call the attraction their home. Read more...

There’s a Bugs and Beasties area where you can view every type of insect imaginable from tarantulas, stick insects, praying mantis and millipedes, as well as a section dedicated to reptiles where an incredible collection of animals live, including lizards, chameleons and several species of snakes including some impressive giant pythons. Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World also house a nocturnal area where dimly-lit purpose-built enclosures allow visitors to see many of these night-time creatures in all their glory.

The attraction is well set up for children who will be fascinated by the creepy crawlies, and adults will find it interesting as well, especially if they can find the courage to let one of the enormous, yet strangely beautiful, giant spiders climb over their hands during the keeper demonstrations. There’s also a small gift shop on site, and as it’s a short walk to Dobbies garden centre you’re not far from a cafe. It’s definitely a recommended visit for the whole family.


Getting there

Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World is located at Dobbies garden centre, Edinburgh. By car, follow the signs to Lasswade and turn off the A772 Gilmerton Road near the Edinburgh City Bypass.

Melville Nursery,
Dobbies Garden World,
Edinburgh,
EH18 1AZ

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Prices and opening times

Admission Prices:

  • Adults £7.95
  • Concessions £6.95
  • Children (3 – 15 years old) £5.95
  • Children (Under 3 years old) Free
  • Families from £26.50

Season Passes are issued on an individual basis as follows:

  • Adult Season Pass £30.50
  • Concession Season Passes £26.50
  • Child Season Pass £22.50
  • Children under 3yrs go free

Open all year round, seven days a week, except 25th-26th December and 1st January. Hours vary by the season:

Summer opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm*

Winter opening hours: 10am-5pm*

*Last admission is 30 mins before closing.


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