If you are visiting Cornwall, make sure you add the Eden Project to your list of things to do. It’s a great day out for all the family – even if it’s raining!
Even the car park is fun with the different coloured banners blowing in the wind. From here, it’s a short walk to the start of your adventure. The two linked Biomes, like giant igloos, sit in the bottom of the Bodelva Pit. But unless it’s raining, wander through the third Biome – the only one without a roof.
There are over three thousand varieties of plants grown here with allotment gardens,
a spiral garden as well as crops used for medicine, fuels, materials and food.
The warm temperate Biome, has plants from the Mediterranean, California, South Africa and Australia.
There’s lots to see including sculptures, citrons (like giant lemons), South African proteas, tulips in the spring, chilli peppers, stone pine, cork trees, aloe veras and the mosaic path.
The Rainforest Biome is wonderful! It’s the largest indoor rainforest in the world and has plants from Tropical Islands, South-East Asia, West Africa and Tropical South America.
Walk deep into the jungle with giant trees towering above you and take the Canopy Walkway up to the top of the Biome.
As you climb further up, there are Escape stations in case the heat and humidity become too much, a Baobab bar selling smoothies, Thamani wall paintings from Peru, an Orchid House, an African hut and a Malaysian village house.
Walk along the Rope Bridge through the treetops and see the bananas growing
and hear the waterfall crashing through the forest.
Recorded noises of birds and monkeys ring out – and be careful not to walk on the roul-roul partridges and Sulawesi white-eye birds!
There’s an educational section, shop and café selling food from all over the world.
As well as exploring the Biomes, take the zip-wire and see them from above!
Or stay in one of the huts on site. There’s also a hotel being built – they are hoping it will open in 2021.
The Eden Project was funded by the Millennium Commission for the sum of £37.5 million in 1997. It was the brainchild of Tim Smit and designed by Nicholas Grimshaw. The aim is to attract 750,000 visitors a year and be ‘one of the greatest destinations on earth’.