Nothing looks as elegant as a butterfly’s dance. The fluttering of wings is a poem in itself.
Step in the tropical conservatory and you will come across fabulous butterflies flying free right around you – a magical experience indeed. Some will go from flower to flower, otheres rest on a leaf, drink from a plate of fruit slices… Kids gasp amazed and cameras are zooming around. A gassed house presents a nature lesson: caterpillars preparing their silk cocoons, butterflies just coming out of their chrysalid.
Of course, the Natural History Museum also has a similar attraction –Butterfly explorers , open for the second year in a row. More central, exactly same principle. But it looks… temporary, the vegetation was planted only for a few months survival. @ Kew, the conservatory is there permanently, the vegetation is settled, here a lily pond, there tropical flowers blooming and at the back banana trees. Ideal and really tropical. The entry fee is more expensive (£13.50 for Kew against £6 for the Butterfly explorers) but you will access so much more – 121 acres of gardens, Victorian conservatories, promenade in the tree tops… A day will not be enough to see it all!
Princess of Wales conservatory
Surrey TW9 3AB
Fee to visit the whole park: £13.50/adult, kids go free.
Butterflies will happily fly around the conservatory until Sept 05, 2010.
Natural History Museum
Until September 26, 2010
£6/adult, £4/child, free for under 3s.