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Experience the Exotic at North Somerset Butterfly House

01 March 2016

17986_Butterfly HouseAre butterflies really called butterflies because of the way they flutter by? Have you ever sat and watched a single butterfly and been mesmerized by its beauty? How about a bevy of flutterbies (oops, butterflies) just 25 minutes away from Lakeside?

The North Somerset Butterfly House is a landscaped tropical greenhouse filled with hundreds of exotic butterflies from all over the world – some, you may never knew even existed. Because so many of them come from far away, exotic places, the flowers from their natural habitat have come with them to the greenhouse to make them feel right at home. The house is kept warm, between the high 20’s and low 30’s, in-keeping with its exotic flora and fauna, and the butterflies – being what they are – live here in all their forms, including caterpillars and chrysalides.

Most visitors spend between 60 to 90 minutes on their visit to the Butterfly House but some stay all day! When you buy your ticket, it is valid all-day, so you can come and go as much as you please. If you want to take a break and grab a bit to eat, Heathers Café is next to the Butterfly House entrance. This 5-star café is family-friendly and hugely popular due to the great quality of the food and bustling, friendly atmosphere. If you prefer, you can picnic on the lawned area in front of the Butterfly House.

Getting there and getting about…

The House is easily accessible to all as the path is formed of compacted earth with a thin layer of sand/grit over the top. This means that wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and pushchairs can easily manoeuvre through the grounds.

The Butterfly House is located just off the A370 between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, next to Cadbury Garden Centre. Once you go past Cadbury’s heading toward Yatton, you will see the car park, although The House itself is rather hidden away at the back of the site. When you arrive at the car park, walk through Mendip Conservatories and past Heather’s Café – when you see the big butterflies, you are there.

Opening times & entry…

The Butterfly House opens for the summer on Saturday 26th March 2016, and is open from Tuesday – Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with last entry at 4pm. (Closed on Mondays).

Admission is £5.45 for adults, £4.45 for children* (2 years and under are free), £4.45 concessions and £15.00 for a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children). A single adult season ticket is £25, a single child/concession season ticket is £20 and a family season ticket is £70. Group rates for 10 or more are: £4.95 for adults and £4.05 for children / concessions.

*Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.