Eden Project

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Timone on June 8, 2006

The road seems to go on forever with no sign of the Eden project, and then suddenly you find yourself in the carpark. Each carpark has the name of a fruit so it is easy to remember where you left the car. You can either walk down the hill to the main entrance or take the complimentary air-conditioned bus instead. We had to queue for quite a while but the queue did move quickly and there were stewards on hand to assist if needed. Once inside the crowds disappear and you find yourself looking down upon the famous domes.

We visited the 'hot one' first. You follow a path that steadily climbs up the dome through various plant displays laid out in countries along with native style huts and waterfalls. It is hot and humid in here but the views from the top are worth it. Some of the plants and flowers are beautiful and there are interesting displays on palms, bananas, and coca.

In the 'cooler' dome, it is more a Mediterranean-style complete with courtyard style gardens, lemon trees, peach trees, and also a lovely display of South African plants. The core is a new building that is an educational building with some interesting displays for children in particular and was opened officially by the Queen 2 days after we were there.

There is also an extensive shop selling all kinds of plants, flowers, books, foods, and local produce as well as several cafes around the site.

If you are feeling brave you can take the zip wire across the site but it's just as fun to watch the brave souls!

Well worth the money to visit and if you are a UK tax payer you can opt to sign up to gift aid which also entitles you to upgrade your ticket to a free annual pass which is great if you are local, or planning to return to this area within in the next 12 months.

Eden Project
Village of Bodelva
Saint Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
44 (0) 1726 811 911


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