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Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo

2 out of 5 starstotal reviews(4)
  • Ross-on-Wye
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks, Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

Experience the delight of the insect world's most serene and beautiful beasts at the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo!

Your family can walk amongst free flying tropical butterflies in the indoor hot house and see them sipping nectar, finding a mate and laying eggs. In fact, every stage of a butterflies' existence is either displayed, documented or happening in front of you!

They do wonderful work in butterfly conservation too so whether you want to wander around giggling and staring or learn everything about everything, there are options to suit both!

Elsewhere on site you'll also find some superb family fun features to back up the butterfly house, including an awesome hedge maze of a decent size and difficulty, alongside which is a speciality puzzle shop! So take the pocket money along.

Then you've got the Roman Ruin themed mini golf: an eminently playable little course of 12-holes with tasteful historical landscaping and features. Happily this is a wonderfully accessible course, with full wheelchair access, differing length putters and ball lifting apparatus available for use.

It's also home to Wye Valley Warfare: an outdoor laser tag arena offering a down and dirty realistic combat experience without the contact and the injuries. Show us your war face!

Plus the Visitor Centre offers indoor and outdoor picnicking facilities, great tourist information resources for planning local trips, Tea Room Cafe and the Riverside Church.

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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

March & October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Easter - September
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes 


General Admission
Adults: £4.25
Kids (5-15): £2.75
Concessions: £3.25

Travel & Contact Information


Jubilee Park, Symonds Yat West, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6DA, England

Phone number

01600 890360



Click here to visit Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite and nearby.

Parking Charges
Up to 4 hours: £3.00
Up to 9.5 hours: £5.00

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo have stated they are pushchair friendly.

No dogs allowed


Avoid 1 out of 5 stars

Very nice butterfly zoo but I also got stung with a very nasty PCN saying I owe them £100 for parking (I paid for my ticket and I got the parking dicount as suggested by the zoo staff). The owners needs to rein in their parking contractor before this can be a good destination.


Beware Parking Fines for nothing!! 1 out of 5 stars

The butterflies are fine but I would steer clear of this place because of the parking company. I attended with my four year old god-daughter to see the butterflies - paid the appropriate parking fee and stayed less than the allowed time. I then got £100 fine in the post two weeks later. I had my ticket still to prove my case but this was to no avail. Reason: I had not put in all the digits of my vehicle registration number. They did not dispute I had paid but will get you on all sorts of technicalities. Evidence is legion online and in local papers. I am going to take this issue up with the landowner who on the website seems to deny all responsibility for these dreadful events happening in their name again and again.


Brilliant Day Out! 5 out of 5 stars

Came here a few weekends ago with my two daughters. The butterflies were lovely! So many different colours and some were so big! We even had some land on us! It's also hot in the zoo, so leave coats at home. Staff are knowledgeable and attentive and lend you some sheets and a magnifying glass when you go in, so you can find all the different species. The maze was good fun too, took us ages to get out! And they do joint tickets. I waited a few weeks before posting this to see if I too got a parking fine, but I am yet to receive one (Over three weeks now) Just make sure you pay the appropriate fees and enter the full registration and don't overstay the time. You even get a concession with the parking to take a bit of money off your admission fee. I really couldn't fault any part of the experience and will continue to go back. Also the ice-cream shop is lovely.


Again, parking company 1 out of 5 stars

The attraction really was not worth the £100 parking fine I received for being a few minutes over my time (on a very quiete Sunday afternoon). For this reason, we won’t be returning.

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