Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm ©

Visit Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is an all-weather family attraction. Set in a lush rainforest environment, close to the banks of the River Avon, the butterfly farm features tropical butterflies, waterfalls, pools and the Minibeast Metropolis.

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

What’s at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm?

The largest tropical butterfly greenhouse in the UK, Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm offers a mesmerising walk-through experience, where the humid air is filled with a rainbow of exotic creatures. Around 1,500 actually, of 250 different species and from an astonishing 20 countries.

Look out for other creatures in the main flight area too, including green iguanas called Stumpy and Princess, and quail that dart amid the abundant greenery.

Flanking the main greenhouse are the Discovery Zone and the Minibeast Metropolis, where spiders, ants, snakes and other creatures lurk behind glass (and sometimes not – don’t forget to look up to see the resident leafcutter ants traversing ropes above your head in the Minibeast Metropolis).

Don’t miss at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

If you visit Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm during school holidays be sure to catch one of the mini-beast handling sessions. Brave visitors of all ages can hold creatures such as a giant African millipede and a Madagascan hissing cockroach!

I took my five-year-old son to Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm recently and he loved the sensation of the millipede crawling over his little hands – he thought it was very tickly!

My son holding the "tickly" African giant millipede ©
My son holding the “tickly” African giant millipede ©

Linger at the Emerging Case for a while too. It’s filled with pupae at varying stages of readiness. If you’re lucky/patient (we were the former on our last visit), you might see a butterfly emerge.

Location of Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

The butterfly farm is on Swan’s Nest Lane on the south side of the river, close to Avon Boating and the car parks of the Recreation Ground.

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm opening times

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is open every day except Christmas Day, from approximately 10am-5pm in winter and 10am-6pm in summer, but check the website for precise opening times for your visit. 

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm price

Admission is £7.25 for adults and £6.25 for children aged 3-16 (under 3s get in for free). A family ticket (two adults, two children) costs £22.50. You can leave and return later in the day if you wish (ask at reception for details).

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm has teamed up with Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and the Mad Museum to offer a Family Super Saver Ticket for two adults and two children for £57.

Value for money?

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm offers good value for visitors. Be sure to wear suitable clothing as the greenhouse is hot and humid – you don’t want to be uncomfortable after 10 minutes. You can always leave and return later in the day.

The Stratfordblog verdict

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is a firm favourite in our family. It’s a wonderful place to explore, especially when it’s not exactly picnic weather, and my children never tire (neither do I for that matter) of the magnificence of the exotic butterflies that flutter so close.

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Information correct at date of publication