The farm contains exotic species of greenery, blossoms and butterflies and moths. Most interesting is its tropical house, the only one of its kind in Ireland, where butterflies of all sizes, shapes, and colours move about freely, feeding on a variety of plants from tropical climates. Visitors can walk about and become completely absorbed in an authentic tropical atmosphere.
The Straffan Butterfly farm opened in 1986, containing a variety of butterfly collections from around the world as well as other exhibits that teach about the life cycle, feeding and migration habits of various species. There is a focus on ways that humans can manipulate the environment to improve the quality of butterfly habitats.
Visitors can also come face to face with other tropical species including lizards, snakes, tarantulas and scorpions.