We visited The Eden Project last month for the first time, and absolutely loved it.
What is it?
An experience for the whole family focusing on the environment, the earth and more. I struggled to find a definition, but the website says this:
“The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.
Our visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, is nestled in a huge crater. Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.”
Why we loved it, and must sees.
- The Rainforest Biome. Replicating a rainforest inside a huge conservatory type dome, it is an amazing experience.
- The Ice Skating Rink – inside a large marquee – we didn’t skate but were impressed with the rink, perfect for a rainy day.
- The entrance cafe – a lovely space to enjoy a coffee and watch the amusing show about what our world would be like if there were no fruit. The children found it highly amusing – it got us talking anyway!
- The Mediterranean Biome – not a big as the Rainforest one, but loved it because it reminded us of Menorca. Look out for any demonstrations – we saw a guy talking about different reptiles.
- Children under 4 can visit for FREE!
Our Top Tips
- The cafes do not sell regular fizzy drinks such as cola or fizzy orange, so if your child is super fussy take their favourite drink with you. There were fruit shoot type drinks, and some flavoured water ones too.
- Keep your eye open for the unusual, such as this recycled robot, made of stuff we throw away. Great talking points with the children.
- It gets really hot in the Rainforest Biome. Take a drink of water in with you – but do look for the drinking water fountain and cool room too. Yes – it gets that hot!
- There are usually some activities happening so check the website for the latest updates.
- Buy your ticket on line at least a day in advance for a 10% discount. There are discounts if you arrive by bus or bicycle or on foot.
- If you are local look out on line for The Locals Pass for residents of Devon and Cornwall. This is a fantastic idea and gives you a huge discount on entry prices.
- There is a free Annual Pass available when you donate your ticket price to the project giving brilliant value for money.
- Don’t miss the shop – especially the Eden Project Jute bags – a great gift idea, eco friendly and great value. It is a huge, well stocked shop as you leave the centre. There are hundreds of fascinating unique products from all around the world.
Bodelva, Cornwall, UK PL24 2SG