on July 6, 2011
My brother took my boyfriend and I to the Eden project in Cornwall and it was brilliant!The cost for a student (which I was at the time) was £14 which isn't too bad really for what you get. Adult tickets are £20 and children 5-16 cost £7.50. You can also save more by either buying tickets online in advance or by travelling there by bicycle or public transport. The opening and closing times are dependent upon the time of year and can be viewed on the website. The Eden Project is well sign posted so getting there by car is quite easy and they are several huge car parks so parking usually isn’t a problem. When you first arrive at the Eden project you are met with a fantastic view across the whole of the grounds going down to the strange looking Biomes. The plant life on the walk down is exceptional, there are lots of little path ways to take and the smell of all of the flowers is breath-taking. We went on a summer’s day and it was absolutely beautiful but my brother (who lived in Cornwall at the time) said that he had been there in all seasons and it is always as beautiful. The walk is quite steep and long so I would suggest that those with walking impairments can take the lift which has panoramic views of the grounds down to where the main area is. When you get down to the main area there are lots of different exhibitions and gardens which again are cleverly designed to showcase the beauty of the plant life and flowers alike. In the middle are the two Biomes. One is a Mediterranean Biome. Once inside you feel as though have travelled to a hot country such as Spain with the heat, plant life, décor and theme. I can’t believe quite how huge this dome is and the diverse plant life that grows here. It really is spectacular. The second of the Biomes is far more impressive than the first, its theme being the Amazon rainforest. When you walk in the heat and humidity hit you and you instantly start to sweat buckets! Luckily they have placed several water fountains around the dome to help with dehydration. Inside here there are many stunning sights to be seen whether you are interested in the plant life, insects or the ways that people live in the Amazon rainforest. I was fascinated with the thousands of ants all over the plants and the bananas hanging from the trees. This Dome is huge; it is so big I can’t quite believe how they did it. There is also an education centre in this section which is quite fun though I can imagine that some people, especially small children would find this part slightly boring.In between the two Biomes is a selection of food halls, we ate in the Eden bakery which was reasonably priced. The food here was delicious and very filling. As you are leaving the Eden Project you walk through the gift shop which has a variety of items to buy from seeds to food produce.
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