Attractions and Days Out
This page lists entomological attractions and days out - you may like to visit attractions in your local area or refer to this list to find ideas for days out when on holiday elsewhere.
This list is not exhaustive, but we do try to keep it up to date although you should always check that the attraction you plan to attend is open on the day you want to visit it. The AES cannot be held responsible if you don't enjoy yourselves at any of these attractions!
If you know of any good insect related attractions to add to the list please contact us.
UK and Ireland
Related links: Bedfordshire
- Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF
Tel: +44 (0)1582 872171
Related links: Bristol
Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB
Tel: +44 (0)845 345 1235
- Bristol Zoo - Bug World
- Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery
Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL
Tel: +44 (0)117 922 3571
- The North Somerset Butterfly House
Smallway, Congresbury, England
Tel: +44 (0)7531 607007
Related links: Cornwall
- Lost Gardens of Heligan
Pentewan, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
Tel: +44 (0)1726 845100
Related links: Devon
- Quince Honey Farm
North Road, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AZ
Tel +44 (0)1769 572401; Fax +44 (0)1769 574704
Related links: Gloucestershire
- Berkeley Butterfly House
Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire GL13 9BQ
Tel: +44 (0)1453 810332; Fax: +44 (0)1453 512995
- Slimbridge - Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
See dragonflies and damselflies in the wetlands and go on a mini-beast hunt in the sustainable garden.
Related links: Hampshire
Related links: Lancashire
- Williamson Park
Has a butterfly house, bird enclosure and minibeasts.
Related links: Leeds
- Tropical World
Princes' Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 1DF
Tel: +44 (0)113 266 1850
Related links: London
- Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
- London Zoo
Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY
Tel: +44 (0)207 7223333
- Natural History Museum (Creepy Crawlies Gallery)
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5839
- Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve
Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve owned and managed by the Selborne Society as the Gilbert White Memorial. The Reserve is open to the public once a year, on the last Sunday in April at a time when the bluebells are at their most beautiful.
Related links: Northern Ireland
- Seaforde Gardens & Tropical Butterfly House
Seaforde, Downpatrick, Co. Down, N. Ireland BT30 8PG
Tel 028 44 811 225; Fax 028 44 811 370
Related links: Oxfordshire
- Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX
Tel: +44 (0)8700 602080; Fax: +44 (0)1993 810570
Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a world heritage site worth visiting in its own right. It also has a butterfly house.
- Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW
Tel: + 44 (0)1865 272950; Fax: + 44 (0)1865 272970
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University's scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens. The Museum itself is a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower. In 2005, together with neighbouring Pitt Rivers, the Museum was the winner of the Guardian Family Friendly Museum Award.
Related links: Scotland
- Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre
Glenmore, Acharacle, Argyll, PH36 4JG
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1972 500209
A 'living building' in a nice Scottish setting, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.
- Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
Dobbies Garden World, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ
Tel: +44 (0)131 663 4932; Fax: +44 (0)131 654 2774
Related links: Sheffield
- Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre
Hungerhill Farm, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, near Sheffield S25 4EQ
Tel: +44 (0)1909 569416
Related links: Wales
- Denmark Farm
- The Magic of Life Butterfly House
Cwm Rheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NB
Tel: +44 (0)1970 880928
Related links: Warwickshire
- Hatton Bug Zoo
Hatton Country World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwickshire, CV35 8XA
Tel: 07811 403713
- Stratford Butterfly Farm
Swan's Nest lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7LS.
Tel: +44 (0)1789 299 288; Fax +44 (0)1789 415 878
Related links: Overseas
- Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
51 & 51A Cable Car Road, Sentosa, 099702/3
Tel: 62750013; Fax: 62750014
- Denver Butterfly Pavilion
US 36 & Church Ranch Road, 6252 West 104th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80020
8046 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136
215 335 9500
- Orkin Insect Zoo
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)
P.O. Box 37012 Smithsonian Inst.
Washington D.C., 20013-7012
The O. Orkin Insect Zoo is a special exhibit hall in the Museum where visitors can observe live insects and other arthropods. Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo.