Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Tropical Butterfly House is closed until further notice.

Exotic plants & free-flying butterflies

The Tropical Butterfly House is the atmospheric, jungle home to myriad species of free-flying butterflies from the Blue Morpho to the King Page Swallowtail, the Malachite to the Scarlett Peacock and the Tree Nymph, to name a few. All peacefully at home surrounded by exotic and tropical plant life.

Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House

Up Close

Visitors to the Tropical Butterfly House are encouraged to wander around or sit quietly in a corner of this heated jungle and enjoy a close-up experience of these colourful and exotic butterflies as they dart here-and-there amongst the tropical plants, searching for nectar sources, and performing what appear to be aerobatic dances to attract mates.

As you wander around the house or sit quietly in a corner, you may find that some of the butterflies come to land on you, perhaps attracted by colourful fabrics of your clothes or more likely, seeking out the salt that humans produce on their skins' surface, sucking it up with their proboscis (the handy straw-like ‘device’ butterflies unfold to use as a mouth).

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Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House

Look into the life cycle

In one corner of the house, you can observe the pupae hatch into butterflies and learn about the life cycle of these fascinating animals. From hatching from a tiny egg as larva (in the form of a caterpillar) and then transforming into pupa to hatch again, but this time as a butterfly. How the butterfly then enjoys weeks or months searching for a mate before finding a place to lay eggs and begin the beautiful life cycle once again.
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House

A butterfly feast

Follow the meandering anthropods as they feast on nectar from the special fruit tables, flit around the lush plant life and float close to the turtles and terrapins hiding in the pond.

Pass through to discover a world of mini-beasts. From our friendly python (!) to glow-in-the-dark scorpions, tropical fish to talkative parrots, and not forgetting our little community of terrapins, tarantulas, giant hissing cockroaches, bugs, stick insects, and snakes. Not for the faint-hearted!

Visitors can also look forward to perusing gift shop favourites in our Seaforde Shop and letting their little ones burn off some energy in our children’s playground.

Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House
Seaforde Gardens Northern Ireland Butterfly House

Seen at #Seaforde

Whether you’re an expert or a novice, Seaforde Gardens are the perfect setting for budding photographers. Enjoy cosying up to the butterflies, zooming in to the gardens and marvelling at the peacocks and we’ll delight in featuring your beautiful shots.

Have you checked out our new location yet? ✨ 
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If you haven’t - factor it into your weekend plans! Catch us seafordegardens tomorrow (Sat) from 10am-4:30pm & Sunday 12noon-5pm (& every Sat & Sun until restrictions are lifted and we can be there full time!) with your favourite specialty coffee & delicious bakes! 
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We couldn’t be happier after our first week - it’s the most magical setting & the gardens are WELL worth a visit. Swing by, grab a coffee & let yourself get lost 🌱✌🏼 
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Newcastle is open as normal ✔️ 

Thanks pikeitup07 for this awesome snap 📸 

#railwayst #2 #seafordegardens #specialtycoffee #artisanfood #itsourthing #nobaddays
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We had a lovely walk around seafordegardens this morning, so many peacocks around! Riley was fascinated ☺️ #seafordegardens #codown #easterwalk #funinthesun🌞 #countydown #peacocksofinstagram
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Lovely walk around Seaforde Gardens dodging the snow ❄️ showers
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Sunny days are the best ☀️
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It’s here - our first VEGAN treat! We’ve called it Veganaire Shortbread and can proudly say it  got raving reviews from both our vegan AND non-vegan friends. Packed with almonds, cashews and date ‘caramel’ it has loads of flavour and texture. Get yours today from railwaystcoffee Seaforde Gardens location 🌿🌱🍃

#lifeistooshortfordrycake #vegan #veganfriendly #seafordegardens #railwayst #codown #kinandfolk #specialitytreats
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We are ready to go seafordegardens ☕️ 🦋 🏠 ✔️ here’s a few things to know before you visit us ⬇️ 
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🌱 you DO NOT have to pay to come for a coffee/treat - our customers enjoy free parking & free access to the sitting green & children’s play park (u12) 
🌱 you only have to pay for access to the walled gardens - a member of the garden staff will gladly assist you!
🌱we WILL NOT be serving hot food in Seaforde, (Newcastle will operate as normal!) this week just a selection of your favourite bakes & your favourite coffee of course! 
🌱unfortunately NO DOGS are currently allowed in the gardens as we have the most beautiful peacocks roaming around 🦚 
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We can’t wait to show your our new venue - it’s pretty special & we think you’ll agree! Catch us from 10am-4:30pm tomorrow ♥️ #railwayst #2 #specialtycoffee #specialtybakes #seafordegardens #codown
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We are very happy to say that @railwaystcoffee will be serving takeaway coffees and bakes at the cafe from this Friday (2nd April). Roll on the weekend!! #seafordegardens #codown #discoverni #railwayst
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Did you guess right? 🤩🌿🌱🌳🌻 
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We will be opening for takeaway coffee & bakes THIS FRIDAY (2nd April) from 10am in the most beautiful surroundings seafordegardens & we cannot wait! ☕️🍪 we’ll see you here 🙌🏼 
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*our shop in Newcastle will be serving takeaway coffee, food & treats as normal 9am-5pm (kitchen until 3pm!) #railwayst #taketwo #seafordegardens #codown #newcastle #sprecialtycoffee
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Seaforde Gardens will be reopening for Easter week, from this Friday 2nd April until Sunday 11th April.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Butterfly House and Cafe will not reopen until further notice.  Looking forward to welcoming everyone back. The peacocks can’t wait either! #seafordegardens #gardensireland #discoverni #countydown
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Aren't the colours amazing? The feather's eyes reminding me of being studded with gems! Turquoises, electric blues and greens. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Vibrant and neon colours all perfectly balanced!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I took this photo of this fabulous peacock strutting his beautiful feathers within the gardens at the Seaforde Butterfly House in N.Ireland a few years ago.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you are lucky you might find a feather in the stately gardens or you could buy a fallen one as a token in the shop!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But are they lucky or unlucky? My granny always thought that having a peacock feather in your house was unlucky because the 'eye' was watching you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Yet there are so many amulets in other cultures that focus on 'eyes' to protect you against the 'evil eye'!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What do you think? Do you have a peacock superstition? I'd love to know?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For me, the colours are fascinating and you can see the mix of blues and greens translated into my pieces! Yum Yum Yum!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Nice reflection at these gates in Seaforde Co Down #northernirelandtraveller #northernireland #nireland #ireland #belfast #belfastblogger #irish #nirish #discoverni #documentbelfast #visitni #lovebelfast #loveireland #mygiantadventure #insta_ireland #instanorthernireland #belfastireland #trekni #seaforde #seafordebutterflyhouse #seafordegardens #codown #smartphonephotography #reflection #shotoniphone #gatehouse #gates #autumn
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Nice reflection at these gates in Seaforde Co Down #northernirelandtraveller #northernireland #nireland #ireland #belfast #belfastblogger #irish #nirish #discoverni #documentbelfast #visitni #lovebelfast #loveireland #mygiantadventure #insta_ireland #instanorthernireland #belfastireland #trekni #seaforde #seafordebutterflyhouse #seafordegardens #codown #smartphonephotography #reflection #shotoniphone #gatehouse #gates
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