Plan Your Visit


Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World is the world's longest running butterfly house and one of Scotland's favourite tourist and educational attractions.

We offer a fantastic opportunity to explore exotic worlds, right here in Edinburgh. Step into our world of butterflies, reptiles, bugs and beasties! Take a tour through our rainforest or get close to the animals in a handling session during your visit. There is a Jungle Gift Shop, picnic and play area and plenty of free parking for cars and coaches.

We're located within the grounds of Dobbies Garden Centre, one of the largest garden centres in Scotland. A play park, picnic area, toilets and parking are available. The licenced restaurant serves a range of refreshments, snacks and home-cooked meals.

How to get here:

Our address:

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World
at Dobbies Garden World
Melville Nursery
EH18 1AZ

By car

Located just off the Edinburgh City Bypass at the Gilmerton exit or at the Sheriffhall roundabout.

By bus

Lothian Buses: Number 3 and 29 Buses

Opening Times:

We're open all year round, seven days a week, except 25th-26th December and 1st January. Our hours vary by the season:

Winter opening hours: 10am-5.00pm* 

*Last admission/re-admission is 30 mins before closing.