Butterfly on woman's hand in Rainforest

The Living Rainforest


Explore the rainforest without leaving the UK! Watch birds, lizards and butterflies roam free in the tropical glasshouses.

For more details visit the Living Rainforest website

What makes it special

  • Explore the rainforest from deepest Berkshire

Opening Times

Daily - 10:00 to 17:00 (last admission 16:30)


Annual Membership

Adult - £11.85
Child (2 to 14) - £9.55
Family (2 Adult + 2 Children) - £38.15
Family (1 Adult + 3 Children) - £36.10
Concession (60+, student) - £11.10
Disabled Adult and Carer - £10.55
Disabled Child and Carer - £9.10

Each annual pass gives free entry for twelve months excluding Bank Holidays from March to September.

Hostels nearby

The Living Rainforest

Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 0TN

Map references

OS Map: 174

OS Grid Ref: SU543762

Lat/Lng: 51.482678, -1.218103

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

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