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Magic of Life Butterfly House, Aberystwyth

(2.8/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
The Magic of Life Butterfly House displays tropical plants and butterflies and is open to the public from Easter to the end of October. In the reception room there are giant beetles, mantids and other insects on show. Staff freely volunteer information about the plants and insects giving a personal edge to a visit.

Outside there is a comprehensive collection of wildlife plants along with many rare and unusual exotics.

The butterfly house is located in the stunning scenery of the Rheidol Valley in Mid Wales. It was set up by Neil Gale, a botanist who has visited many of the rain forest areas of the world.
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  • Essentially it is a hot tent next to a power station, in itself this is fine, but whilst inside the make shift butterfly sauna, there seemed to be a limited variety of butterflies. It is also importan...  more »
  • Lovely place set up to help educate and bring both kids and adults closer to nature. Whilst the house itself isnt huge, it can fill with around 400 butterflies in the summer! But what made our trip wa...  more »
  • Stuck for something to show our visitors, we spent several hours in this small hothouse as there were so many lovely creatures to see! Cafe nearby. Well worth a visit.  more »
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  • That is a great place to visit, the main attraction are the butterfly's which is a magical experience. Unfortunately the area that they are is very humid so be prepared because glasses or camera lenses are going wet there...also the area has a free car park and a coffee shop. Beautiful views and around the lake and the dam.
  • Ok for a short time. Small place and very hot (which is fine it's just a warning to others). A little on the expensive side as it cost ¬£23 for 2 adults and 1 child and we must of spent 30min there. Staff certainly care for their butterfly's and it's reasonably well maintained. Not good for young children though. Good variety of species of plants outside.
  • Beautiful examples of tropical butterflies, and friendly staff. You are allowed to handle butterflies if you follow the clear guidelines on a sign near the entrance. Very warm inside, difficult on a hot day! The lady on duty was happy for us to take a cold drink break at the nearby cafe and return later
  • Friendly staff, although the price is a not too much for an adult to enter the butterfly zone to see at max. 4-5 rare butterflies and all the common ones. However, it was beautiful and I would go again.
  • A nice place with nice staff, although it was too expensive for what you get.