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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 and get close to the animals 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.

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How to get here:

Our address:

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World
at Dobbies Garden World
Melville Nursery
Lasswade
Midlothian
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-5pm* 

*Last re-admission is 30 minutes before closing.

Visiting Restrictions:

Avoid booking visits to Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World if travelling from Protection Level 2 or below to keep in line with travel restrictions specified by the Scottish Government: http://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/

Avoid booking visits to Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World if travelling from Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran and Forth Valley until Health Protection Scotland advise changes: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/