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Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

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Address: Dobbies Garden World | Lasswade, Midlothian, Lasswade EH18 1AZ, Scotland
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+44 131 663 4932

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Great place to bring the kids, but please supervise them!

I loved it here and my four year old was so amazed by the butterflies. It was gorgeous. Yes it was small, but we spent over an hour and a half here just watching the butterflies... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Royston, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took our granddaughter who was just over a year here and she loved every second. Thought there would be tears when she saw the snakes being fed rats but no took it all in her stride.

Thank JudiO2112
Royston, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved it here and my four year old was so amazed by the butterflies. It was gorgeous. Yes it was small, but we spent over an hour and a half here just watching the butterflies and we will definitely be back. HOWEVER, parents need to supervise their children better. They seem to not understand that touching butterflies wings can... More 

1 Thank missholly83
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved how staff were so careful with watering the plants, and taking care of the beautiful reptiles and insects. I admire this conservation-interactive spaces, specially with education purposes. We were lucky to see the chickens too. Overall I think is a fun way to spend time, with kids or in family. It is a little expensive and it´s under... More 

Thank Adriana T
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

Food lovely bit expensive but nice good selection of cakes etc staff very nice seemed really busy tho

Thank maryannDalkeith
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

This place is worth a visit. It can be hot but lovely features and animal talks are great. You can hold the animals here. The gift shop is also very good.

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North Lanarkshire
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178 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I enjoyed walking around looking at the butterflies, insects etc. I would have liked to have seen the butterflies landing on the flowers more so that I could see them properly. There are a lovely variety of them with some beautiful colours. The other areas were enjoyable too and the staff were very good at giving you information, especially the... More 

1 Thank wanderer23
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

There is nothing wrong with the place but its too expensive for what's on show. They offer a guide on what the butterfly are at an extra cost, but we could only see a fraction of them ?

1 Thank Peter B
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

the staff here are passionate about what they do and who they are looking after: animals, insects, reptiles and visitors. There is a touchy, feely show/talk at midday and 3 pm. if you show interest in your surroundings, one of the staff is sure to take advantage and answer your questions, sometimes even before you ask. 'did you know you... More 

1 Thank diane c
Moss, Norway
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

My grandchildren loved it, but it looks a wee bit run down to me. Is the cause of there being fewer colourful butterflies just the time of year? Several features/cages were empty. No bees, no leaf-cutting ants, which used to be fun to watch. The children (and not a few parents) always love handling snakes, millipedes and spiders, and the... More 

Thank Macstrand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We visited for my Granddaughters birthday, she loved it! I was a bit concerned about the monitor lizard, the glass cage is a bit small and the lizard was stood up against the glass, rubbing it's face back and forth on the glass.. I am hoping that it isn't kept in that enclosure all the time? I think that the... More 

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