About Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
What’s this attraction all about?
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...
What can you do there?
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 a fascinating collection of animals live, including lizards, chameleons and several species of snakes including some impressive giant pythons. And when I say impressive, I mean impressive. These animals are huge! Just wait till you see them at feeding time…
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 intrigued 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 your hands during the keeper demonstrations. This is the highlight of the attraction in my opinion and I loved watching the beautiful tarantula spiders slowly walk around on my hand. And I never thought I’d call a spider beautiful. The keeper’s enthusiasm must have rubbed off on me.
There’s also a small gift shop on 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 Dobbies garden centre you’re not far from a cafe. It’s definitely a recommended attraction for the whole family to enjoy.
What I liked about this attraction
- The staff are very knowledgeable
- The creepy-crawly animals are beautiful (in their own way)
- There’s lots to see at the attraction
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- I haven’t got any negative comments about this attraction
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.
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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.
Craig Smith is your guide to the best attractions in Scotland. He loves exploring the Scottish wilds and is happiest when he’s knee-deep in a muddy bog in the middle of nowhere.