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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Butterfly House at Williamson Park

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:00

Formerly an Edwardian palm house, the Butterfly House is now a rainforest home to butterflies, Koi carp, tortoises, quail and a chameleon.

Whatever the weather you can be sure of a warm welcome in this oasis of trees, vines, a waterfall and tropical plants.

Walk amongst some of the world’s most beautiful species, including Swallowtails and cleverly camouflaged Owl butterflies.

The pupae of new butterflies can be seen in a special display case and you may even see a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly from the information boards or talk to one of our knowledgeable zoo keepers.

Tours of the Butterfly House take place every weekend and during half term at 11.30am.

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for all

Cost details

Adult £4, Child £3 (under-3s free), Family (2+2) £13, Concessions/students £3.50


Did you know?

Most poisonous

There are lots of contenders here – possibly the pretty red and blue rove beetle Paederus – very, very tiny amounts of its poison have been used to cure chronic ulceration in people. Ladybirds are pretty poisonous (and pretty) and can bleed foul-tasting poisonous brightly coloured blood from their knees.