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  • The Eden Project
  • Flowers growing outside the Eden Project Biome
  • Pathways through the Eden Project gardens
  • The Eden Project
  • Inside the Biomes
  • Boys looking at a wooden ship in the Biome
  • Skywire
  • Med Cafe
  • Platform
  • Flower gardens
  • Pathways
  • Borders
  • View of the Eden Project
  • Man scaling a biome

Eden Project

One of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks is located in the south of the county. The multi award winning Eden Project first opened its doors to the public in 2001 and has been attracting visitors from around the world ever since. Voted best UK Landmark in 2015 by The Independent and Highlife Magazine, the eco project has won numerous awards throughout the years for its innovation, education, eco awareness and design and continues to strive for more.

Essentially the Eden Project is an educational charity which brings awareness about the flora and fauna of the world within easy reach of the public. Huge biomes resembling giant bubble wrapped baubles house the world’s largest captive rainforest and rise out of the earth in what was a disused china clay pit in south Cornwall. Within the biomes and throughout the surrounding gardens are winding pathways guiding you through the story of the earth’s vegetation, drawing attention to different climates and what can be grown there, how people live and what we need to give to the earth in order to be able to take nourishment from it.

View of the Eden Project

boys with ship at Eden

Fun and educational

As well as being inspirational, Eden will educate in a fun and creative way. Two distinct areas, the Rainforest and Mediterranean biomes are complemented by cafés serving tasty wholesome food from around the world. Plant species within the biomes are annotated with interesting facts but there’s also ‘The Core’ learning centre where crafts and interactive exhibits encourage hands on learning.

The Mediterranean Biome

Representing the climate found in the Mediterranean, South Africa and California, pathways are filled with over 1000 plants including citrus fruit, herbs, olives and colourful flowers. Intertwining cork sculptures and natural scents feed the senses whilst giant aloe vera plants amaze. Each day, the Eden Storytellers are situated here bringing tales and songs to life. Once you’ve discovered everything you may want to enjoy some food in the Eden Kitchens, situated linking the Mediterranean and Rainforest biomes.

The Rainforest Biome

The first thing you will notice here is the humidity – you really are in the rainforest! Towering trees and lush tropical plants line the pathways as you wind around all four of the world’s rainforest environments: the Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and Tropical South America. Discover the story behind cocoa, see what it would be like to live in a Malaysian hut and work in the paddy fields and look out for roul-roul partridges and Sulawesi white-eye birds on the way. There’s even a waterfall! Venture up the Canopy Walkway to the top most platform and you’ll discover what being at the top of a rainforest is like.

The Core

Press buttons, wind handles or make a dispersing seed pod to find out about energy, recycling and ecosystems amongst other things. Housed in a carefully designed building, made to resemble the layers of a sunflower, there’s also play areas and crafts.

The Gardens

Eden is equivalent to the size of 30 football pitches and makes use of its outdoor space to grow flowers and plants which help produce fuel, are medicinal or useful in some way. Colour borders lead to play areas, cafes and a stage. In the winter months, an indoor ice rink is situated in the centre and there’s a year round zip wire (the longest in Britain), and giant swing (payable separately)!

gardens at the Eden Project

Edens gardens

platform at Eden

Staying in Cornwall and visiting the Eden Project

The Eden Project is situated in Bodleva, close to St Austell in south Cornwall. There is an ever changing programme of events with seasonal highlights such as the Winter Festival and indoor ice rink. Throughout the year there are story tellers, crafts and interactive exhibits to stimulate young and old imaginations alike! Plants change with the seasons and there’s usually themed activities taking place during school holidays.

zip wire at Eden

Inside a biome

sunflowers at Eden

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