Visiting guidelines

We have new visiting guidance in place to ensure everyone can enjoy a great trip at Tropical World.

To help keep everybody safe, we will continue to operate Track and Trace and recommend visitors to check-in via the NHS app on arrival. This can be done though scanning the NHS QR codes at our attraction entrance or providing details to a member of our team on arrival.

Face coverings are now mandatory in all public spaces, including our indoor zoo and gift shop, unless you’re exempt.

Please respect other visitors and our staff, and where possible maintain a safe distance and where applicable follow the one-way route.

Avoid touching enclosures and tanks, and please use our hand wash and sanitation stations available throughout the attraction.

Our friendly staff are here to help, if you do have any questions please ask them for advice and assistance.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms listed please do not visit Tropical World and make sure you arrange a test and self-isolate. If you had pre-booked your ticket please contact a member of the team at to re-schedule your trip once you are able.

We strongly advise visitors to pre-book online ahead of visiting to avoid disappointment. 

Plan your visit

Changes to the collection

Tropical World works with two fair trade butterfly farms in Costa Rica and the Philippines, who supply us with our pupae. Due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, our butterfly pupae supply has slowed temporarily. We hope to continue our fairtrade agreement soon.

In the meantime, look out for holes in the leaves throughout the attraction, where a small Owl Butterfly population has continued to breed and watch out for the caterpillars in the Butterfly House. Our butterflies also can be spotted at the feeding stations amongst the vegetation.

Booking tickets

For safety reasons, we would prefer it if you could book your tickets in advance online.

We have a limited number of tickets available each day, bookable in hourly slots with a maximum purchase of six tickets per booking. You can enter Tropical World at any time within your booked time slot. We would advise staggering your arrival time to allow for queues. You will not be asked to leave early if you do not enter at the start of your booking slot time.

If you have a discounted entry, you will need to bring the associated discount card as evidence. If you do not, you will need to pay the difference on the day of your visit.

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Cafe and shop

Our cafe is open daily from 10am to 3:30pm daily with limited seating available for dining with us, or alternatively a takeaway service.

The gift shop is also open 10am to 4pm every day to enjoy in Roundhay Park.

Please only pick up items that you intend to purchase and take any litter home with you.

Toilet facilities

Toilet facilities are available in the cafe and shop. Please note, we do not currently have access to a changing places toilet facility.

Group bookings

We are welcoming visits for school groups and out of school clubs.