The Out About Scotland complete guide to Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
What’s this attraction all about?
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World is a fascinating tourist attraction just outside Edinburgh that showcases some rather incredible, beautiful, and very creepy-crawly insects and reptiles from around the world.
The attraction has several areas to explore that feature different animal species, and during your visit you’ll find 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 Edinburgh Butterly and Insect World their home.
There are two very good reasons why you should take your kids here.
First, there’s an element of education in each part of the attraction so you’re guaranteed to come away with some new-found animal knowledge, and second, the enthusiastic staff have a very obvious passion to promote the animals they care for.
So whether you’ve got an interest in insects or your kids are lovers of lizards, Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World has lots to offer you.Read more...
What can you do there?
There are more activities at this attraction than you’d imagine which is surprising because it looks quite small from the outside. But walk inside and you’ll find a whole world of animal life waiting for you.
There’s a Bugs and Beasties area where you can view creepy-crawly insects like tarantulas, stick insects, praying mantis and millipedes, and there’s also a section dedicated to reptiles including lizards and chameleons, but my top tip is to check out the giant pythons in the snake area when you visit.
These pythons are big. And when I say big, I mean BIG. Just wait till you see them at feeding time…
In addition to the standard enclosures Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World also contains a nocturnal area where dimly-lit purpose-built habitats allow visitors to see many of these night-time creatures in their natural surroundings. It’s a genuinely interesting feature that you probably won’t see anywhere else so hats off to the owners for including it.
The attraction is really well set-up for children who’ll no doubt be intrigued by the creepy crawlies but adults will find it fascinating as well, especially if they can find the courage to let one of the enormous, yet gentle, giant spiders climb over their hands during the keeper demonstrations.
This is the highlight of the attraction in my opinion and I loved watching the beautiful tarantulas slowly walk around on my hand. And I never thought I’d call a spider beautiful. The keeper’s enthusiasm has obviously rubbed off on me.
There’s a small gift shop on the site if you want to buy a rubber snake or spider for your kids to play with/scare your partner with, and as it’s a short walk to Dobbie’s garden centre you’re not far from a decent cafe.
All in all, I have to say I whole-heartedly recommend this attraction for a family visit, and I think the owners deserve credit for the work they’re doing to promote these animals in such a positive light.
What I liked about this attraction
- The staff are very knowledgeable
- The creepy-crawly animals are beautiful (in their own way)
- There’s a lot to see at the attraction
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- I haven’t got any negative comments about this attraction
Address and directions
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World is located at Dobbie’s garden centre, Edinburgh. By car, follow the signs to Lasswade and turn off the A772 Gilmerton Road near the Edinburgh City Bypass.
Dobbies Garden World,
Prices and opening times
- 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.