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Butterfly World Project Free Child Discount Voucher St Albans

Adults £7.50

Concessions (over 60’s/students with valid ID) £6.50

Children (3-16) £5.50

Under 3’s FREE

Family (2 adults/2 children) £22.50

Group bookings (10+) : Adults £6.00

Concessions (over 60’s/students with valid ID) £5.00

Children (3-16) £4.00

Under 3’s FREE

Butterfly World Project re-opens as Phase IV in its development of becoming the biggest butterfly experience in the world. Open from 28th March 2012, the focus for the season is on educating our visitors about the lifecycle of the butterfly and its extraordinary fragility and also about how to grow butterfly-attracting plants to encourage the return of native butterflies into our gardens.

Click on the links to find out more:

2011 Opening

The Story of Butterfly World

Explore the Biome


Our butterflies

Our gardens



The Story of Butterfly World

This £27 million project was conceived by Clive Farrell, a butterfly fanatic and lepidopterist whose dream was to create a tribute to the butterfly and a dedicated centre of learning for the preservation of this fragile and beautiful species. Along with the support of our patrons (who include Sir David Attenborough, Professor Dr David Bellamy, Alan Titchmarsh, Emilia Fox and Baroness Helena Kennedy) the project was launched in March 2008 at an event at the Royal Society in London. Building work began in September 2008 and the image here shows the dome area under construction. Once completed in Winter 2013, it will be the biggest butterfly experience in the world and the Biome (100m in diameter x 17.5 m high) will be big enough to house the footprint of Stonehenge seven times over.

Phase I – Spring 2009

The site was created in the shape of a butterfly’s head and the designer gardens competition, Future Gardens, was launched. The wildflower meadows were created and Ivan Hicks’ gardens were also opened, plus a cafe, shop and plant boutique. We celebrated the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 40th birthday too.

Phase II – Spring 2010

The education focus is launched next, to include the Butterfly Breeding House, the Insect Study Centre, the Chrysalis Lake, new gardens, picnic areas and the developing children’s play area. The Nectar House Cafe and new shop are opened too and the landscape is very much more developed.

Phase III – Spring 2011

This phase will show further development of the site including the addition of an exhibition of Leafcutter Ants, and the exciting extension of the children’s play area.

Phase IV – Autumn2012

The final stage will see the construction of the massive rainforest Biome, an amazing structure100 meters in diameter and home to over 10,000 tropical butterflies, hummingbirds, insects, spiders as well as tropical plants. With the largest walk-through experience in the world,to include rope walkways, Maya caves and ruins to explore, streams and tropical rainstorms. The project will incorporate a living rainforest, yards from the M25 and M1 and a tribute to our tropical and native butterflies.

Special offer with loyalty card:
50% off per child with one full-paying adult

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