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Address: Dobbies Garden World | Lasswade, Midlothian, Lasswade EH18 1AZ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-663-4932

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Lovely place but improperly staffed. Admittedly we visited in August and during the English schools summer holidays, but not one staff member was to be seen in the actual... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this attraction with my brother, his wife and two daughters (7 and 5) on their holiday home from New Zealand. The girls had a brilliant time, longing for any butterflies to land on them. You can spend the whole day, they stamp your hand so you're able to pop in an out, maybe head over to Dobbies for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place but improperly staffed. Admittedly we visited in August and during the English schools summer holidays, but not one staff member was to be seen in the actual butterfly area keeping an eye on things or looking out for the butterflies. A group of teenagers were there during our visit, one of whom thought it acceptable to rustle the... More 

Thank Legallycriminal
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I used to visit as a child and went with my friend and her son. There was rust on railings where children could easily injure themselves, the enclosures for the reptiles looked so dated, the information panels were tatty and the customer service when we entered was poor. I was really disappointed and sad to see that this has gone... More 

Thank Jenny T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with 17 year old daughter and husband, wasn't expecting great things as it seemed it was in a garden centre!! How wrong , beautiful jungle like butterfly house , lovely butterfly's, turtles, tortoises , koi carp . Separate insect house with tarantulas , snakes , scorpions, pigmy hedgehogs, living bee hive. Very informative keepers including Kev, a veritable font... More 

Thank Robnjuli
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great day out especially if it's a rainy day because it gives you the real tropical rainforest feel with the humidity (whilst you stay dry). I took my children and now I'm taking grandchildren. It hasn't changed in 20 years and could do with moving on with the times - a little bit expansion perhaps. Perhaps a... More 

Thank beastylover
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great wee day out for kids and adults cost 31 pounds for 2 adults 3 kids lots of butterflies snakes spiders reptiles they do a handling of the spiders snakes and millipeades at 12 and 3 well worth going to very educational and guy is very funny and kids loved him butterfly enclosure is lovely loads flying about great expiriance... More 

2 Thank bugsy1236
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

'Butterfly and Insect World' is well worth a visit - I hadn't been since I was a child, now visiting as a 26 year old; I was still utterly enthralled by all the wonderful beasties! The main tropical area you first enter is wondrous - you walk among exotic fluttering butterflies, tiny cute quails scurry about in the undergrowth, you... More 

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Broxburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reading the other reviews, I would have to agree that the entire attraction is in need of some investment in terms of revamping. That said, my son (8) and I were in place today for the 3.00 encounter run by Kev. Here is a jewel in the staff. He clearly loves his animals and loves presenting to children (and adult-sized... More 

1 Thank Keith_Hay
Perth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The butterflies and moths were beautiful, as were the reptiles and the bees but I felt that there could have been much more information on the exhibits available. The place could be so much better if it presented some facts on conservation in relation to bees, for example, or some more in depth data on the habits and habitats of... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a great fan of butterflies, and this is a nice little half-day having a look around. There are loads of butterflies fluttering round in the hot house which are fab to watch. Loads of varieties. Also some emerging from pupae etc. There are additionally some exotic animals eg geckos, snakes, scorpions etc in the back as well. It's... More 

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