As soon as our son spotted the sign for the Butterfly farm in Stratford-Upon-Avon he barely stopped asking when could we visit. The Butterfly farm is conveniently located within the Stratford town centre. If you head for the water’s edge near the RSC there is a long stone bridge that crosses the river. If you walk over this and keep going the Butterfly farm is just a short walk on from there. It was also a short walk from where we were staying at the Crowne Plaza.
Like a lot of the attractions in Stratford-Upon-Avon they are not somewhere that you would spend a full day and perhaps are priced as if they should be. However they are all in their own right fabulous places to visit and each so unique in what they can offer you. You can also buy super-saver tickets which gain you entry as a family to not only the butterfly farm but Shakespeare’s schoolroom and the MAD museum as well. All are just a few minutes walk from each other.
I don’t know if you’re like me but whenever I’m going to visit somewhere I look at the recommended visit time on google. We noticed that the visit time for the Butterfly farm is 1hr30. I believe we spent around that length of time in there, possibly a little less. This is not the kind of place that you simply walk around. It’s the kind of place where you need to take some time to just stand or sit. There are benches around the place to sit and watch and chill out. There’s also a lovely garden area before you even enter the building.
Inside the Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm
It is rather warm in the butterfly farm so I recommend that you take a bottle of water around with you. The place is open virtually all year round so I imagine that it is always hot in there for the butterflies to remain happy in their environment. If the weather isn’t to kind to you during your visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon then this is the perfect place to visit.
When you enter you arrive in the gift shop area. This is where you pay for your entry if you don’t already have a combined ticket.
You then enter what is essentially one massive greenhouse. Immediately we noticed just how many butterflies are flying around. We have been in a lot of butterfly houses before not just at zoos but also at the Butterfly House near Sheffield. None of these places have anywhere near the amount of butterflies that this place has. There must have been thousands and there are so many different kinds to spot. You can purchase a butterfly spotter sheet for £1.00. I felt that considering the entrance price it would be nice to have a paper spotter sheet handed out to everyone.
Also considering the amount of butterfly houses that we have been in before we have never had butterflies landing on us before. I think I perhaps did once but Jamie has always seemed too little for them to want to land on him. That was the total opposite here. The first area we stood at, by the entrance, was perhaps the busiest for butterflies and this is where we had the most amount of butterflies landing on us. Jamie was over the moon, I think they were especially attracted to his orange t-shirt.
In hindsight I wish we’d spent longer in this area, although we could have returned had we really wanted to. They also had a lot of fruit and vegetables set out here for the butterflies to eat from. It was lovely seeing their wings rested.
Please do not touch
They have notices around the place asking people not to touch the butterflies. Every now and then we would also be reminded not to touch them via members of staff. It was very sad to see children ignoring these warnings and not being reminded by their parents not to touch. We saw quite a few butterflies with parts missing from their wings. If they can’t fly they can’t eat and they will die. Please do not allow your children to stroke the butterflies!
Butterfly Farm Stratford-Upon-Avon | Review | Find Out What It’s Like Inside
As you move around the greenhouse you follow pretty pathways where you also need to be careful not to stand on any butterflies. We rested for a while in a slightly cooler area where a few butterflies had escaped into. I had literally the biggest butterfly I’ve ever seen land on me. Sadly we were too slow for a photo but I had people come and stand to look at it as it was so big.
Also as you walk around keep your eye on the brick walls for reptiles, down on the ground for some super mini and cute birds and there’s also Mayan type artefacts and statues on display throughout. The waterfall in there is really lovely.
Behind the waterfall there is a long room with reptiles and insects. Watch out above….there’s a huge amount of ants transporting leaves from one tank over ropes to their home. It was utterly fascinating and I dare you to stand under one of the ropes.
We spent some more time chilling out near the waterfall and Jamie was visited by a few more butterflies. We crammed a lot into this day and Jamie declared our visit there to be his most favourite thing of the whole day.
The Butterfly farm is open every day of the year except Christmas day. They are open from 10am and shut at either 5pm or 6pm. Please see their website for exact dates and times.
Adults are £7.25 and children aged 3-16 years are £6.25. Under 3’s are free. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is £22.50. You can buy a saver ticket as mentioned above. This is a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children. It is £57.00 and will gain you entry to the Butterfly farm, MAD museum and Shakespeare’s schoolroom.
Disclaimer: We received a press pass from Shakespeare’s England for this attraction and for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and photos are entirely my own. Please do not reproduce any of this content without my prior consent.
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