So what are my 15 Top things to see and do at the Tropical Butterfly house, wildlife and falconry centre near Sheffield? It’s quite a varied list and we had a great day out recently experiencing everything they have on offer. Read on for my review post of our favourite things to see and do there.
Updated 30th June 2019. There have been a few changes (for the better)
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#1 See the beautiful butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly house
Butterflies aren’t the only thing to see here but it is the thing they do really well. Upon entering the tropical house you are met with lush green vegetation and a lovely warm temperature.
As you move further in you start to spot butterfly after butterfly. It doesn’t take long to realise just how many there are flying around in here. It’s simply stunning. We found a lovely spot to just stand and watch them all. It was then that we spotted this large Iguana just lounging around near us. I doubt we’d have spotted him if we hadn’t taken the time to stand still.
There are all sorts to be found in the tropical house. Including free-flying birds, turtles, fish plus the most colourful frogs I’ve ever seen and more. You won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget that butterflies aren’t all year round.
Update. When we returned in June 2019 the Butterfly house has probably trebled the number of butterflies in the house. They even had large bats hanging from the ceiling. Another lovely thing they now have is Lorikeets. You can purchase some nectar as you enter and stand and feed it to them. This was a lovely experience.
#2 Find all the exhibits that squirt water
There are lots of exhibits and signs that squirt water at you. Dotted all around the park there are quizzes to answer, but beware if you get the answer wrong. Plus trolls that spring surprises on you and so much more. Yes, we cheated a few of them and hung back until the water stopped but that was just as much fun.
Here are a few of my son’s favourites.
And his favourite of them all, this one was near the exit! Beware it could get you very wet.
#3 Watch the Lemurs being fed
It’s no secret on my blog that I love Lemurs. They are my favourite animals. You can see them wandering around in their enclosure but you can’t go in with them until feeding time. So this was something we were keen to do. They had two feeding times that day and as it was quite busy I wanted to get there early.
We were rewarded with our early arrival as the Lemurs were mostly all cuddled up right next to the door in front of us. It was lovely to watch.
Jamie spent nearly all the time crouched staring at them, too cute. When we went in one of the Lemurs seemed to follow Jamie wherever he went.
My favourite breed is the Red-ruffed Lemurs. They were very shy and clearly didn’t get on with the ring-tailed ones at all. It’s funny because you often see them in zoos together but in the wild, they would never mix.
#4 Walk through the Wilderness
This is an enclosure at the Tropical Butterfly house with a few roaming animals. We managed to spot a couple of them but it was hard to see with all the beautiful flowers in there. It was a lovely space though with a couple of nice shady areas to sit.
#5 Go on a hunt for some dinosaurs
Hidden around the park are various large dinosaurs to find. Each one has a button to press. Jamie took great delight in pressing them all and hearing all the different roars.
Dotted all around the park you will also find lots of informative signs about the animals and wildlife in the park.
#6 Watch a bird display
They have a number of bird displays throughout the day. Some with the parrots and macaws others with birds of prey. We saw the parrot show during our visit. It was a shame it was so far away from the seating as a lot of the little ones struggled to follow what was happening. But it was interesting all the same and the birds were clearly very intelligent.
They have a variety of shows, displays and talks on throughout the day.
Update. In June 2019 we saw one of the shows we’d seen in the past and they’ve improved it greatly. During the bird show they normally fly a few birds around. This time they flew lots of birds around including quite a few macaws. This was spectacular to see and it is something we used to say that they should try and fly more birds in one go. Massive improvement.
#7 Visit the witches house
Once you’ve passed by the meerkat and porcupine enclosure you enter into an enchanted land. There are all sorts of displays to see here with more buttons to press and a witches house to visit.
Jamie particularly loved the dragon.
Jamie’s highlight of the day was the witches house. He could have sat there all day waiting for her to come back. It was lovely and really well done. We all decided that a nice witch must live there.
#8 Play in the playgrounds
There’s peddle bikes and coin-operated quad bikes for the older kids and all sorts of ride ons for the little ones. Plus a large outdoor play area with places to climb and slide down.
#9 Get wet and play in the sand
We could have spent the whole day here. Jamie was so content moving water about, digging in the sand, jumping in the puddles they were creating. What fun.
Update. They’ve also added a lovely chill out area next to the sand and water play. There’s hammocks, picnic benches, table football and much more. It’s a lovely spot to spend some time.
#10 Go on a tractor ride
This can only be done at the weekend, bank holidays or during the school holidays. We were there on a term time day so couldn’t go on it but it looked lots of fun.
Here are some more photos from our day out.
Important information about the Tropical Butterfly House
The Butterfly house is located in South Yorkshire a short drive from Sheffield. They have various fun events throughout the year. For further information, you can check out their website here. The park offers animal encounters, at an additional cost, including VIP packages. You can also adopt an animal or have your kids birthday party hosted by the park. Most VIP packages are for 8 years old and older.
The park is open from 10am nearly all year round. In the week they close at 4:30pm and 5:30pm at weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. You can purchase your tickets online in advance. Or you can buy your tickets at the park on the day.
If you purchase your tickets online in advance the price for an adult is currently £13.75 each. £12.50 for a child over 2 and a senior citizen. They also offer family discounted tickets and annual passes. (Prices updated June 2019).
I also made a Vlog of our visit. You can view it here:
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Disclaimer – We were provided with complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and photos are my own.
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