Name: Butterfly World Project

Address: Noke Lane, Chiswell Green, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3NY

Telephone: 01727 869203



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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

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

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.

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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.

Please leave a review for Butterfly World

I took my grand children to the farm on Bank holiday Monday (31 May 2010).

The price we paid was reasonable if the farm project was to experience living butterflies, but it was not so. There was a large green house type building with some butterflies in it, and that was the end of the butterfly experience. I feel that at the moment with the project at it infancy it is a con to say to the public to come and experience the wonders of living butterflies. I wasted £19 for a walk through some nice garden projects which has got nothing to do with butterflies and my grand children was very disappointed. It is not a butterfly world but a butterfly shed.


My family which was mum, dad and 2 kids had a great day out at Butterfly World, the project is truly amazing, such a wonderful array of butterflys and insects. The Flowerpot Garden was out of this world, very very well put together. Move over Willows Farm, bring on more Butterfly World.

Bill and Bens Mum

Today I visited Butterfly World and I have to say it was fantastic, the flowers were breathtaking, and we even saw some butterflies on the wild flowers outside and managed to photograph a couple. I will definately be back and really look forward to seeing the BioDome when it is built. Very good value for money.


A fantastic day out despite the rain will certainly return soon.


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Although my family enjoyed our visit,we were disappointed the project was unfinished and not totally disabled friendly.


My two boys love it - we have been a few times. They always want to go the insect handling, butterfly house and leafcutter ants display. They also enjoy the outdoor play area and my eldest(6) enjoys looking out for insects in the gardens. I like it and always enjoy going but think it is a bit overpriced. It can be quite exposed on a windy day as there is not much shelter. I am looking forward to seeing the biome completed - then it would be a better day out. However, I have not seen much progress on this and the price would probably increase!!