No trip to Cornwall is complete without a visit to the beautiful world that lies beneath the futuristic domes (biomes) of The Eden Project. First opened to the public in 2001, The Eden Project has been called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ by some, and it’s an apt description.
Located just 3 miles from the town of St Austell, the Eden Project occupies the site of a former desolate clay mine the size of 30 football pitches. Today, the space is transformed, and an area that was once a barren wasteland, is now a stunning, flourishing, unique ecosystem.
The Rainforest Biome
Explore the winding paths of a tropical rainforest housed in the world’s largest greenhouse. The Rainforest Biome stands 50 metres tall, covers over 15,000 square metres, and brings you a taste of the exotic jungles of South America, West Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Tropical Islands.
On your journey through the Biome, you’ll bask in tropical heat, marvel at the waterfall thundering through the South American rainforest, roam elevated walkways high in the canopy to glimpse the lifestyle of the Baka people, and then climb to the towering viewing platform to drink in the sight of the forest beneath you.
The Mediterranean Biome
Discover the diverse plant life of the climates of South Africa, California, and the Mediterranean, as you wander through the brightly coloured, fragrant gardens in this Biome. Mediterranean climates are famed for their wine regions, and hidden among the grapevines growing in the Biome you’ll find unique sculptures depicting Dionysus, the Greek god of the vines, and his followers.
Linger for a while in the perfume garden inspired by the Moorish courtyards of Southern Spain, and surround yourself with the heady aroma of jasmine, roses, bergamot, freesia and lilies.
The Botanical Garden
Outside the protected environments of the Biomes, a botanical garden flourishes in the native temperate climate. Miles of paths, wind through the gardens, surrounded by flowering plants, sculptures, and play equipment.
Throughout the gardens you’ll find plenty of zones to explore:
- A secret garden of myth and folklore
- A wooden ship sailing on a sea of tea leaves
- The Nest – a giant climbing frame for children
- A beautiful spiral garden
- Spots dedicated to the wild and rugged natural beauty of the region
- The Giant Bee sculpture, highlighting the importance of our pollinating friends
Staying in Eden
If you choose to stay at The Eden Project, you can enjoy comfortable private rooms with bathrooms, air conditioning and TV’s, and a large communal space offering free Wi-Fi and an opportunity to mingle with other guests.
Eat from sustainably sourced menus at a number of venues throughout Eden, including The Eden Kitchen, The Med Kitchen Restaurant, The Eden Bar and Grill, The Eden Coffee House, and the Ice Cream Parlour. Whether you’re a meat-eater, a vegetarian, or a vegan, or if you need a gluten or dairy free dish, the restaurants and cafes at The Eden Project will serve up fresh, home cooked dishes to tantalise your taste buds.
The Eden Project makes an unforgettable day out for the whole family at any time of the year. Before you schedule your visit, check with the website to find out which special events and exhibitions are taking place. If you visit in the summer, be sure to stick around for the famous Eden Sessions— spectacular concerts featuring some of the music world’s biggest stars.