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“Fascinating, dog friendly attraction.”

Magic of Life Butterfly House
Ranked #10 of 40 things to do in Aberystwyth
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Owner description: Walk among free-flying butterflies in a luxuriant tropical display. Hundreds of butterflies as well as giant caterpillars, beetles and leaf insects. Outside there is a well-established native butterfly garden. Free guided tours are available. Run by biologists.
Reviewed January 29, 2018

This is a lovely dog friendly attraction, perfect for a wet day. Yes it is quite small as others have mentioned but I really enjoyed walking around gently picking up the butterflies and admiring their fragile beauty.
It is actually a project helping to support butterfly farmers and communities in third world countries. There is quite a lot of information available about the work it does and the reason for the entrance price. It is a shame that some previous reviewers haven't appreciated the bigger picture and that this small attraction is trying to make a difference in the world.

3  Thank trickynicky63
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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

We visited as a group of WI ladies. We were a small group (8),so lots of space to walk around. Lots of butterflies,but the place isn't big. Suitable for wheelchairs,zimmas or sticks. Visit time wouldn't be longer than 15-20 mins, which makes the entrance fee quite expensive for the time spent. Free parking and a small café with toilets next door.

Thank barnvillas
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

After reading the other reviews I thought I'd give this attraction a chance. I'm sorry to say I was very disappointed. I didn't expect a palace or a hugely perfect environment, but I did expect some butterflies There were plenty of lace wings and 3 others. 1 blue, 1 yellow and 1 brownish. There were more bluebottle type flies than anything else. The plants all looked dead or dying. The floor was incredibly uneven with a large puddle at the entrance. I really wanted this place to be a little pleasant but I'm afraid it failed. The only good thing was the lady who took our money. She smiled. Xx

Thank Carole_Mercer_family
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Reviewed November 21, 2017

The weather was not so good,so decided to visit the butterfly house, very pleasant ,was a nice place to spend some time and some beautiful butterflies to see. Also a nice place to have something to eat.

Thank oscarcat31
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Reviewed November 7, 2017

we have been here several times in the past few years and have had the chance to see some of the rare species emerging from cocoons or even turning into cocoons. the kids love it as they can have the butterflys land on them . outside there is a vast array of established plants and they even have ones to sell.

if you want a real exeriance for your kids they sell catapillars for you to turn into moths at home. there are different insects for you to see also.

they have a small café or you can take a picnic and dogs are welcome in the grounds.
views are amazing.

downsides are the entrance is a little expensive (esp if you have several kids ) and there plants have gone up in price quite a bit to, but other than that a nice day out

1  Thank imalive999
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