Experience an extraordinary day out where you’ll rediscover the natural world as you’ve never experienced it before at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The breathtaking sight of bubble-like Biomes nestling in a former clay mine has drawn millions of visitors from around the world. Many other examples of unique and sustainable architecture can be found across the Eden site, including the plant-inspired Core building.
Explore the massive covered Biomes as you trek through the world’s largest indoor rainforest and immerse yourself in the calm fragrance of the Mediterranean Biome. Eden is a feast for the senses that can be experienced in so many different ways. Whether you’re looking for a calming immersion in nature or a fun-packed day of excitement, they have got something for you.
The clay pit that Eden Project now stands on was still being mined when the Biomes were designed. In the face of this constantly shifting landscape, Grimshaw hit on the idea of soap bubbles. Remember blowing bubbles as a kid? They adapt to any surface they settle on. And, when two or more bubbles join, the line of the join is always exactly perpendicular (straight up and down). Basing the ‘lean-to’ Biome structures on soap bubbles was a perfect way to build on the uneven and shifting sands of the pit.
Exhibits at Eden Project
Eden Project features six main buildings. There is the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, the Link building between them, the Core, Stage and Visitor Centre. The buildings are surrounded by huge Outdoor Gardens.
Explore the enormous indoor rainforest and take a trek through the humid tropics. Experience the sights and scents from South East Asia, West Africa and tropical South America. Visit the accessible canopy walkway for stunning views over the Biome.
Inside the Biome, you’ll discover how rainforests support us all. At the Weather Maker exhibit, you can shelter from tropical rain, journey into clouds and find out how rainforests cool the Earth. Travel past groves of rubber trees and cacao, and swathes of sugar cane and bananas.
Experience this huge indoor garden with a Mediterranean climate. With the sweet aromas of herbs in the air, you’ll take an unforgettable journey through a paradise of brightly coloured flowers, gnarled olive trunks and bountiful vines.
The beautiful modern architecture of the Core is based on the structure of a sunflower, which is made of hundreds of flowers that combine to create something greater than the sum of their parts.
The Core is home to the Invisible Worlds exhibition, which explores the interconnectedness of life and the environment at every scale. Enter the Core to discover how life is shaped by invisible systems, and marvel at the giant Infinity Blue ‘breathing’ sculpture in the centre of this huge space.
The visitor centre introduces the aims and objectives of The Eden Project, not only through its multimedia educational exhibits but also through its own sustainable credentials as a building. It is a working showcase for methods of building with low impact on the environment; utilising green roofing, gabion walling, rammed earth construction and timber cladding.
The centre is known as the ‘Gateway to Eden’ and houses ticketing halls, shops, restrooms and educational galleries.
There are over Over 20 acres of outdoor gardens for you to explore. The Gardens are home to over 20 plant-based exhibits, colourful seasonal borders, art installations and play areas. The Wild Edge area displays the world’s temperate lands while the Crops area introduces plants for food, fuels, medicines and materials. There are gardens for play, creativity, fruit, veg, flowers, health and wellbeing.
Zip wire and adventure activities
Take a ride on England’s fastest zip wire, tackle an aerial assault course and plummet in a giant swing. These adrenaline-fuelled experiences for thrill-seekers are run by Hangloose who are independent of the Eden Project.
Food and Drink
There is a wide range of catering outlets across the Eden Project. Pick up a snack from one of the many takeaway cafes and coffee shops. Tuck into stone-baked pizzas and hand-rolled burritos at the Biome Kitchen or on a warm day enjoy an ice cream.
Travelling to Eden Project
The Eden Project is near the town of St Austell in the county of Cornwall in South West England. The attraction is well signposted from the A30 from Exeter and the A391/390 from Plymouth. If you are travelling from outside Cornwall, take the M5 southbound to Exeter, where the motorway splits. Take the A30 and exit at the Innis Downs junction (A391), then follow the brown tourist signs for Eden Project.
There is ample free visitor parking at Eden. From the car parks, you can either walk down to the visitor entrance and ticket desks or take a free park and ride bus.
Travelling by Train
Eden Project is only a few miles from St Austell railway station, which is on the mainline from London Paddington and is well served by the D5 bus service between St Austell to Eden. You could also take the train to Luxulyan, Bugle or Par, for a more scenic journey or to continue your trip on foot or bike.
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There are lots of places to stay in St Austell and the surrounding area. If you only planning on visiting the attraction for one day and would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at some of the wonderful self-catering cottages available from Snaptrip.
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