Stratford Butterfly Farm

Places to Visit

Ages:

  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults

Venue:

Indoor

Cost:

Paid

Description

*** COVID-19 UPDATE ***

Stratford Butterfly Farm is now open! Book your tickets here.

Please read this information so you know what to expect from a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm with the new social distancing measures in place. It is mandatory for face coverings to be worn in indoor attractions. To be compliant with government regulation face coverings must be worn throughout the butterfly farm by both visitors and staff.


Stratford Butterfly Farm

Enjoy the unique pleasure of watching hundreds of the world's most spectacular and colourful butterflies flying all around. You can see them feeding and flying in a wonderful tropical environment.

The landscaped tropical greenhouse at Stratford Butterfly Farm is the largest tropical butterfly display in the UK! Throughout the year they have over 250 different species of tropical butterfly sourced from 20 different countries. There are approximately 2 000 free flying individual butterflies, of all shapes, sizes and colours.

What to expect at Stratford Butterfly Farm

Rainforest Flight Area

Whatever the weather, stroll through the wonderful world of a unique and exotic, rainforest environment; a lush landscape of tropical blossom, splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools. The world's most spectacular and colourful butterflies brought to you from the rainforests of the tropics!

To appreciate the true beauty of butterflies in flight, take a look at this incredible video from Epic Tech Media:

It's not all butterflies in the Flight Area! There is a large selection of tropical plants. They look beautiful but more importantly they feed the butterflies. There are a number of tropical birds that live in the rainforest flight area, they have all been chosen because just like this iguana they are non-insectivorous. This means they like to eat seeds and fruit and not our butterflies!

Discovery Zone

In the Discovery Zone you learn all about The Amazing Life Cycle of a Butterfly! The egg, the caterpillar, the chrysalis and finally the adult.

Moths are often overlooked and under appreciated. In the Discovery Zone you will find out just how beautiful moths can be. Some moths are even more colourful than butterflies!

As you leave the Discovery Zone don't miss the Emerging Case as this is where you will discover row upon row of beautiful pupae, hanging like jewels from wooden rods. Look closely and you will see how beautiful the pupae are and the differences in colour and size of the various species.The Emerging Case is one of the most important aspects of the Butterfly Farm as it is here that the butterflies emerge from their pupae and prepare their wings for first flight!

Meet the Mini-Beasts!

The Discovery Zone is also the place where during school holidays you can Meet the Mini-Beasts! All the family can take part in these fun but informative handling sessions. You can get close to and hold creatures such as a giant African millipede, African land snails, Madagascan hissing cockroaches and a variety of stick insects!

For more information on dates and times keep an eye on the latest news and events section.

Minibeast Metropolis

Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life and houses one of the largest insect collections in the UK. It is also home to snakes, reptiles, amphibians and other invertebrates. Come and see these fascinating creatures up close!

The Leafcutter Ants!

Exciting news!.........the ants are back, and this time there are two Leafcutter Ant Colonies: Atta cephalotes and Acromyrmex octospinosus. You can find the leafcutter ant colonies on display in Minibeast Metropolis.

The Wildflower Garden

From June to September the front garden of the Butterfly Farm is awash with a myriad of beautifully coloured wild flowers. More importantly they are nectar plants and are perfect for attracting butterflies and bees into the garden. Within the garden over looking the pond you will find a row of miniature houses, these are bug B&Bs and insect hotels, perfect for attracting all sorts of wildlife into the garden!

Opening Times

  • January - February | 10am - 5pm
  • March | 10am - 5:30pm
  • April - September | 10am - 6pm
  • October | 10am - 5:30pm
  • November - December | 10am - 5pm

Admission

  • Adults - £7.25
  • Seniors (60 years +) and Students - £6.75
  • Children 3-16 years (under 3's free) - £6.25
  • Family - 2 adults & 2 children - £22.50
  • Extra Child when purchased with a family ticket - £4.05
  • Carers accompanying a person or persons with a disability - Free

Book your tickets here.

You can also purchase the following items to help bring your visit to life:

  • Butterfly Identification Sheet - £1.00
  • Visitor Guide - £4.75
  • Children's 'Amazing Butterfly' Activity Book - £2.50
  • Leafcutter-Tunnels of Discovery an exciting new children's book - £5.99

Book your tickets here.

Open hours

Monday10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday10:00 - 17:00
Thursday10:00 - 17:00
Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 17:00