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Get up close

Get up close with hundreds of beautiful butterflies in our tropical indoor garden.

The specially-planted habitat is the perfect place to experience butterflies free-flying all around you and to discover amazing facts about the life-cycle and behaviour of these fascinating creatures.

Throughout the year you can also spot different species from across the world, and visit the shop for a range of butterfly and nature inspired gifts for all ages.

Booking

The Butterfly House is open all year round.

Book your tickets

Entry to the Butterfly House is by timed ticket, as there is limited capacity inside. There are new entry slots every 15 minutes from 10am until 4.30pm with last admission, however you are welcome to stay and enjoy the Butterfly House as long as you wish. Members and Benefactors can book a free ticket using the link above. The Butterfly House will close at 5pm until 28 October, and will close at 4pm from 29 October for the winter period.

You will receive your etickets which you will need to show on the day (either on your mobile device or printed). Members and Benefactors will need to show their members or benefactor card.

Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Opening times and location

Please make sure you allow enough time for your visit to the Butterfly House. We will be open slightly longer during British Summer Time (BST).

From

To

Opening time

Last admission

Closing time

March

28 October 2017

10am

4.30pm

5pm

29 October 2017

28 February 2018

10am

3.30pm

4pm

Closed: 24-26 December

The Butterfly House is located at the top of the Gardens, behind the Animal Walk and the Prehistoric Garden.

You may need to queue during busy timeslots while a member of staff checks your ticket. There will be space for buggies in our designated buggy park outside of the Butterfly House.

Ticket prices

The Butterfly House will be open daily and Horniman Members and Benefactors go free, but will need to book a ticket for their chosen time slot. You will need to show your membership or benefactor card on entrance.

Every day a limited number of tickets will be made available for all entry times on a first come, first served basis.

Pricing

Ticket Type

Price

Family (2 adults, 2 children)

£13.50

Family ticket with Gift Aid

£15

Adult 

£5.40

Adult with Gift Aid

£6

Child 

£5.40

Child with Gift Aid

£6

Combination tickets

Butterfly House + Aquarium

Price

Adult combo

£8.50

Child combo

£6.50

Family combo

£20

Children under three may visit free of charge and carers accompanying visitors with access requirements get free admission, but you must book into a timeslot. A family ticket is for two adults and two children aged 3-16 years.

Advice on enjoying your visit

  • Please be aware that the butterflies may land on you, on the path or close to you, as they are free flying.
  • The Butterfly House is a warm and humid place, so you may not wish to wear bulky coats or jumpers inside. We have lockers inside the Museum.
  • You aren't allowed to eat or drink inside the Butterfly House, as it may attract them to you and increase the chance of them leaving with you! It can also attract more harmful pests.
  • Please make sure you take care to watch where you step, so as not to crush the butterflies.
  • Please do not try to remove them from your clothing, as they are very delicate and may die in the process. Ask a member of staff if you need assistance.
  • Please close any bags and pockets (if possible) before entering, as you may discover a butterfly has hidden inside when you get home.
  • Please note that pets are not allowed into the Butterfly House, however, Guide Dogs or other assistance animals are welcome.
  • When you are about to leave, please check your clothes for any butterflies that may have landed on you. We have mirrors by the exit so that you can check your back too.
  • Please leave your buggy in the buggy park, so you don’t leave with an extra (winged) passenger.
  • You are welcome to take photographs with hand-held cameras. Please refer to our guidance on filming and photography for further details.