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“Very dissapointed, wouldnt recommend.”

Magic of Life Butterfly House
Ranked #9 of 32 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very dissapointed, wouldnt recommend.”
Reviewed 14 November 2009

Can add little to the above review. Generally dissapointing. We saw no gardens as such just a collection of sad looking plants. There were many dead butterflys, and others caught up in foliage, when we mentioned this they were free'd using a long stick. I have no experience of butterfly care however left with a great sense of unease that the conditions were on the verge of cruelty, a matter I will investigate further.

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Telford, Shropshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tired and over-priced”
Reviewed 6 August 2009

We visited the Butterfly House in August 2009. It cost £5.95 per person and we were excited about having the opportunity to see and photograph lots of butterflies.
It didn't start well when we were charged 30p extra for paying with a debit card (the banks charge us this they said), but our understanding is that debit cards are not charged - credit cards are.
We walked through the plastic door slats and the heat hit us! In the spirit of constructive criticism, it would have been nice to be warned that there was a humidifier right inside the door which immediately steamed up camera screens and lenses. We could then have either protected the cameras or opened them in readiness.
Anyway back to the Butterfly House itself. To say I was underwhelmed was no exaggeration. The House itself can be no longer than 40' and about 20' wide (just a guesstimate here), and as it was Summer holidays more and more people kept piling in. This combined with the walkways being narrow meant it was almost impossible to bend over and photograph a butterfly without obstructing someone trying to pass behind.
We paid £1 for an identification card and expected to see most of the ones on there, however we saw a maximum of 20 different species. I understand that butterflies are not 'seasonal' so I was under the impression that they could all be hatched at the same time if necessary to give a good display to the paying public but no such luck.
There were several dead butterflies lying around, and the walls and ceilings of the greenhouse were grimy and generally appeared uncared for.
As it was so hot, humid and crowded, we spent only about 20mins in there before we left. That was an expensive 20mins at £5.95, and we weren't the only ones leaving after this amount of time either.
There was a very pretty butterfly garden outside which was laid out nicely - although bereft of any native butterflies!
I had been looking forward to this visit but left feeling ripped off. Go if you have nothing better to do, but wear clothing you can easily remove (top layers anyway), and if it's outside the main holiday season.

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