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“Brilliant holistic approach to wildlife education”

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre
Ranked #1 of 170 things to do in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Encounter the exotic and discover a wild family day out in South Yorkshire! Meet lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, snakes, lizards, a tarantula and other amazing animals during unforgettable Animal Encounters throughout the day. Take your seat for spectacular shows, featuring free-flying birds of prey, parrots and charismatic mammals! Explore the indoor rainforest; home to butterflies, birds, bats, crocodiles and creepy-crawlies from around the world and meet and feed the friendly residents of the Farm Barn. Discover the charismatic primates of Lemur Heights and meet the inquisitive residents of Otter Springs. Take a selfie with our new dinosaurs and get closer than ever before to some of the most popular animals in the brand new walk-through mammal enclosure. Pre-booked group and School visits are welcome and VIP Experience Days and Animal Adoptions are available to purchase, as well as popular Birthday Party Room Hire. The Realm of Camelot adventure playground, outdoor Wet Play Area and indoor Activity and Craft Centre will entertain children in all weathers, and popular themed events take place at the centre during School Holidays. Facilities include a Picnic Room, Jungle Gift Shop and a modern Butterfly Cafe, serving freshly prepared hot and cold food and homemade cakes and deluxe Afternoon Tea. The Tropical Butterfly House is open daily and is located just 5 minutes from M1, junction 31.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Visited today with my 3 kids (2,6 &7) after searching through tripadvisor for a new interesting place to take them. Was not disappointed! The park is very well kept - immaculate and well set out. The staff were all really friendly and seemed to genuinely like working there (and who can blame them?!). There were loads of shows and talks on all day which all 3 kids found interesting (as did I), although we didn't have time for all of them. The tropical house was the best we've been in (having visited 3 others in the region) and we spent ages spotting different birds, insects, snakes & lizards, and of course butterflies which were truly spectacular!
We especially liked the nature trail / wildlife area (which seemed the least populated area of the park) as it provided lots of opportunity for all 3 kids to use different senses to learn about British and international wildlife - as well as safely run about in beautiful surroundings. There are lots of nice little touches dotted about, such as African drums to play, a fairy land, and "how fast can you run?" speedometer. There were also free tractor rides.
They loved feeding the meerkats with the food we bought (70p), and also enjoyed the indoor activities in the classroom area.
The cafe was very reasonably priced with a good selection of sandwiches and homemade meals. Ice lollies were cheap (£3.50 for 4!), and the play park is great for all ages (up to 10).
We will definitely return and tell our friends as we think this is a great wildlife park and much better value (as you can easily fill a whole day) than others in the area.
This is how to run a business!

1  Thank ukgirl1980
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

this was the third visit we have had to the butterfly house, wildlife and falconry centre and it was good as the first. Staff are always polite, the place is clean and tidy and all the animals/birds etc are actually out and about for you to see. (unlike some places which i think actually pretend to have things but tell you they are just "hiding" ) :-)
there are always plenty of picnic tables for you if you have a big family or need to budget or if you just like picnics.
This is a real "Hands On" activity centre.

1  Thank Leer0y1
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

This place is really great. Intimate, friendly and compact. Birds, butterflies, small animals and a variety of monkeys.
The lemur walk is very good, where the monkeys come amongst everyone to inspect and show off. The butterfly house is hot, and butterflies fly freely, around your ankles or feet run small birds whilst in the canopy larger birds fly or walk thru trees. In the butterfly house don't be surprised to have butterfly settle on you or land on your hand. The parrots can be fed from food trays.
Outside the battle of the birds with vernon the vulture and Odin the raven are spectacular. Unusually it is not a show of falcons but lesser known varieties, like a kookaborra.

We all thought it was a worthwhile day and value for money £32 for a family of four

1  Thank Vintind
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Good family day out, kept us entertained for a whole afternoon.
Quite an intimate place, all staff seemed nice. Battle of the Birds show was good, butterfly house is great.

1  Thank DLMcClements
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Rather disappointed with the Meerkat "feeding-time" - the staff just threw some carrots and parsnips into the enclosure from a bucket then said the Meerkats wouldn't actually eat it, but the Porcupines would ... the porcupines were scary though, I wouldn't argue with them!! Butterfly house was great though, according to the kids ... as it was very hot in there we were half-way round before my glasses cleared!!

1  Thank Tom P
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