Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7LS

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Opening Times

Open daily, except Christmas Day, from 10am. Closing times vary throughout the year, 5pm-6pm, see official website for details.

Admission Prices





under 3 yrs:


Seniors / Students:


Family (2+2):


Disabled entry at normal rates, but carers admitted free.

Group rates and season tickets also available; see official website for details.


The Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is situated a few minutes' walk from Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, just across the River Avon from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. It is Europe's largest butterfly farm, with hundreds of butterflies (1600 of 80 species) from around the world flying free among a tropical landscape of exotic flowers, waterfalls and fish-filled ponds. This area also features a variety of colourful and often friendly free-flying tropical birds.

In addition to the main flying area, the Caterpillar Room showcases the fascinating lifecycle of butterflies, from eggs through caterpillars and cocoons into fully fledged butterflies..

Insect City features a variety of stick insects, beetles, and leaf-cutting ants, and other mini-beasts such as giant millipedes, snails and crabs. Arachnoland provides a home for the world's largest spider, a colony of scorpions, and many other spiders and scorpions. All of these creatures are held safely behind glass, yet are easy to see.

Official Website

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Car Park

Small car park for disabled visitors.

Adjacent large pay and display public car park.


Refreshments available.

For Kids

Adventure playground

Special Needs

Good access throughout for disabled visitors.


Animal Collections

Birds, Reptiles, Fish, Invertebrates

Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.

Special Attractions

Butterfly garden, Caterpillar Room, InsectCity.

Other Attractions

Historic Stratford-upon-Avon and nearby Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

How To Get There:

By Car

From M40 south:

Follow M40 to junction 15. Turn onto A46 towards Stratford-upon-Avon. Turn left onto A439, and continue into Stratford-upon-Avon. Follow the one-way system to turn left onto A3400/A422 towards Banbury. Immediately after crossing the bridge over the River Avon, turn right into Swan's Nest Lane. The Butterfly Farm will then be a short distance on the left, with the public car park on the right.

From M40 north:

Either follow M40 to junction 15 as described above, or leave at junction 16 and take the A3400 south through Henley-in-Arden and on into Stratford-upon-Avon. Continue through town centre and one-way system on A3400/A422 towards Banbury. Turn right immediately after crossing the bridge as described above.

From Banbury:

Either follow the M40 north to junction 15, as described above, or take the A422 directly to Stratford-upon-Avon. Continue into town centre, joining the A3400 at a roundabout. Turn next left into Swan's Nest Lane, immediately before the bridge across the River Avon. The Butterfly Farm will then be a short distance on the left, with the public car park on the right.

From the south:

Follow the A329 north through Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. Continue to junction with A422 from Banbury, and turn left onto A422 to and into Stratford-upon-Avon, as described above.

From south-west:

Follow M5 north to junction 9. Turn right onto A46 towards Evesham. Continue on A46 past Evesham and on towards Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. Contniue to junction with A3400, then turn right onto A3400 and follow it into Stratford-upon-Avon, as described above.

By Public Transport

Stratford-upon-Avon station is served by hourly trains from Birmingham (Central Trains), and two-hourly trains from London (Chiltern Trains). There is also a special service of steam trains from Birmingham on Sundays in July, August and September. The Butterfly Farm is 10-15 minutes walk through the town centre and across the river from the station.

Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014

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