Butterfly World Project
Described as "London's own Eden Project", Butterfly World is in Phase II of development as the world's biggest butterfly experience. 27 acres of wasteland, right next to the M25 and M1 near St Albans, have been transformed into an amazing project dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the butterfly species.
The beautiful interactive 'experience' gardens and kaleidoscope of wildflower meadows are an awe-inspiring inspiration of how to grow butterfly attracting plants and bring back these beautiful creatures to our gardens. You can also visit the Tropical Butterfly House filled with over 600 butterflies; the Insect Study Centre where you can learn about our native species; and the Butterfly Breeding House, where you can see the lifecycle of the butterfly unfold in front of you.
The Nectar House Café provides a full range of nourishing snacks, drinks and meals, and the shop and plant area has a myriad of gifts for all ages - such as unusual nectar-rich plants for you take home for your own garden.
Voted "Best Days Out For The Family 2009" in The Times, The Observer, Guardian.co.uk and in The Independent, Sunday Mirror and Guardian for 2010.
The project will open in the spring of 2011 (Phase III) - and Phase IV will mark the culmination of the project with the autumn opening of the massive rainforest biome (bio-dome) filled with over 10,000 tropical butterflies, hummingbirds, caves, streams and rope walkways. The Maya ruins will recreate a lost world for all to explore.
There are a wide range of activities on offer through the summer holidays for those of all ages - from music events to nature, art and drama sessions for children. Please visit the What's On section on the website for details.
An ideal venue for children's parties, school trips, group visits.
Adults £6.00 concessions £5.00 and children 3-16 £4.00, Under 3’s are free and family (2 adults/ 2 children) £19.00.
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|Notes||OPENING TIMES: 29 April to 26 September, daily 1000-1700 (1800 from 26 June to 31 August). Last entry one hour before closing.|
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VenueButterfly World Project
Miriam Lane, Off Noke Lane, Chiswell Green, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3NY
Map reference: TL 127037 Lat: 51.72070 Long: -0.36987
Exit the M25 at junction 21a, or the M1 at junction 6 - and take the A405 towards St Albans. Take the first left hand junction before the roundabout, called Noke Lane. The entrance to Butterfly World is on your right.
There is a pedestrian and bicycle entrance to Butterfly World located along Chiswell Green Lane, or alternatively you can gain access to Butterfly World at the main entrance and walk along Miriam Lane, off Noke Lane.
The nearest station is at St Albans. Trains from Brighton and St Pancras stop at this station. From the station you will need to take a taxi to Butterfly World (approx. ten minutes) or get the 712 directly to Butterfly World or the 621 or the 724 buses.
Buses 621, 724 and 321 stop close to Butterfly World. The 712 bus from London Victoria to St Albans Railway Station diverts into Butterfly World. Bus timetables can be found at www.greenline.co.uk/serviceinformation The 621 and 724 will take you to the Three Hammers pub, where you will need to turn left into Chiswell Green Lane and walk for about ten minutes before reaching the pedestrian entrance on your left hand side. The 321 will drop you off on the A405. Turn left into Noke Lane and take the first right for the entrance to Butterfly World. It is a 5-10 minute walk to the main entrance. For Hertfordshire Travel Information (timetables, maps and journey planning) please visit www.intalink.org.uk
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : ST Albans station