Butterfly World – Edinburgh

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Last weekend we took O and A to Butterfly World in Edinburgh with their grandparent’s and Auntie.  It’s been a long time since my husband and I visited, I was heavily pregnant with O at the time.  To be fair not much has changed, but it’s still great to take the kids to visit.

When we first went in, it wasn’t as warm as usual due to one of the workers spraying the environment with water to bring the humidity up and mimic the rainforest environment, but not long later we were sweltering and had stripped of jumpers!


The vegetation is beautifully green and there were hundreds of butterfly’s fluttering around.  We found caterpillars on the plants and a butterfly laying eggs.  Some newly hatched butterfly’s were hanging onto their cocoons looking rather majestic and many more cocoons were hung on plants and on bamboo sticks against the wall.  I didn’t manage to get a good photograph, but there were some amazingly shiny gold cocoons, hanging there, I had no idea which butterfly they turned into, but their cocoons were amazing!


Terrapins were relaxing in the water, lying under the heat lamps and leaf cutter ants were hiding in the vegetation at the back of the centre (unfortunately I missed seeing the ants due to a tantrumming pre-schooler, but I do love leaf cutters, they are amazing to watch!).


 There are several tanks with fish in that the boys loved looking at and several gigantic snails hidden on plant stems.


At the back of the centre there is a reptile, insect and mammal centre, where we found many snakes, lizards, spiders, scorpions, frogs and nocturnal hedgehogs amongst other animals.  O loved going into the darkened nocturnal room and looking at the snakes, although he wasn’t quite so sure about holding the snake during the handling session.  Although he did stroke it while Daddy and I had our turn holding them!

The scorpions remind of my gap year in Belize when I was 17, there were some scorpions hiding in our food storage area and I unfortunately had to machete one poor scorpion after there had been an incident with one of my team members getting stung and going into shock.  I don’t like scorpions, but I’m not really sure of anyone who does!


In the handling session O also had the chance to hold a giant millipede, with it’s tickly feet walking over his outstretched hands.  O was getting hungry part way through the handling session, so we didn’t manage to see the Tarantula’s up close, but I think he was too tired anyway.

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We watched the butterfly’s flying around as we walked back out of the rainforest heat and humidity and back to the cold and wet reality of Scottish weather outside!

Have you visited a Butterfly World near you?

J x

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. May 16, 2015 / 6:23 am

    We have a butterfly farm in Stratford near us which is nice, and Blenheim has a butterfly house. N’s not that bothered about them, and I find them a bit too warm for me to spend a lot of time in. But you always see beautiful butterflies.

    O’s obviously a lot braver than N. He never wants to hold or touch animals when we’re out and they have handling sessions

    • May 16, 2015 / 7:24 am

      It’s definitely too warm to stay in too long! They actually have an outdoor area with bees at the back that we popped into a couple of times to cool down. Both boys loved it. Xx

  2. May 16, 2015 / 7:09 am

    Loved reading this, I remember going to a similar place when I was little. Thanks for sharing as you’ve given me a wonderful idea for a day our with my tribe. In the school holidays

    • May 16, 2015 / 7:25 am

      They are great fun! Have a great day out in the holidays when you go! 🙂 x

  3. May 16, 2015 / 7:14 am

    We’ve just visited the Natural History Museum’s butterfly tent, which was cool, but rather disloyally, I like the look of the Edinburgh conservatory even better. And my kids would be utterly delighted by the handling opportunities!

    • May 16, 2015 / 7:28 am

      A butterfly tent sounds cool! I especially loved the rainforest vegetation, it really does seem tropical! The handling bit was one of my favourite parts, I was quite disappointed when we left before the spiders came out! Xx

  4. May 16, 2015 / 7:45 am

    Ok, I’m ashamed to say this but we live 5mins from butterfly world and we haven’t been! I had heard it was quite expensive for what it was but you make it look amazing! We must give it a try one day. If you are there again feel free to drop in for a cuppa, we are cheaper than Dobbies cafe!

    • May 16, 2015 / 1:41 pm

      Ha ha! Yes it’s quite expensive, but the in-laws kindly paid for us and lunch! You can get It a lot cheaper with clubcard vouchers, £2.50 vouchers are currently £10 of butterfly world vouchers. :). Will have to let you know if we’re going their again! Would be great to meet up! 🙂 xx

  5. May 16, 2015 / 8:21 am

    This place sounds fab! My kids would love it #countrykids

  6. May 16, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Butterflies always fascinate me, looks like there were some pretty special ones in here and what a wonderful experience for O holding that giant millipede, I’m glad you explained what it was as I would never have guessed! Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • May 16, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      Thank you! The millipedes were really cool, the staff passed them around all curled up and you can feel how hard their outer shell is, virtually indestructible through dropping or standing on! 🙂 x

  7. May 18, 2015 / 8:10 am

    I have fond memories of visiting a similar Butterfly World at the Isle of Wight when I was younger 🙂

  8. May 18, 2015 / 9:09 am

    This place looks brilliant! If only we lived in the UK, my little one would love it!! Great photo’s too!

    • May 18, 2015 / 10:01 am

      There must be some sort of similar thing over by you? 🙂 xx

  9. May 18, 2015 / 9:10 am

    I’m actually really not a fan of butterflies so not sure I would have enjoyed the butterfly bit but it’s great to see all those reptiles that you might not get a look at at your classic farm/zoo! That is a super big millipede!! Glad you had a great trip 🙂 Thanks for linking up #MummyMonday x

    • May 18, 2015 / 10:02 am

      Aww, yes I know a few people who aren’t keen on butterflies or even birds. It was great fun though! Thank you! 🙂 xx

  10. May 18, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    I used to go to one in Leeds when I was younger. I thought it was ace then I became a teenager and I started to get soooo scared of the butterflies flying over my head! Such a wuss. You sound like you had a great time. I’m going to have to get over this fear at some point for my girl lol xx #mummymondays

    • May 18, 2015 / 7:21 pm

      Aww, just close your eyes when you go or get grandparent’s to take her for you! 🙂 xx

  11. May 18, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    This place sounds great! We have a butterfly world near us in Hertfordshire which I have been to but it didn’t have as much to offer as this one.

    Sounds like you had a great day out.


    • May 18, 2015 / 7:28 pm

      It was great! A shame you didn’t have such a good one near you. 🙂 xx

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