Eden Project Cornwall
taken July 2016
The Eden Project- 'Wow what a spectacle and how it has changed...'
Welcome to the Eden Project Cornwall. Dominating the site are the two huge biomes: the Humid Tropics Biome, and the Warm Temperate Biome. There are even future plans for a third Semi Arid Biome. Look down on the Education Resource Centre- with its spiral roof, opened in September 2005. See the 70 tonne Seed, hewn from a single block of Cornish granite. Ride the Skywire- England's longest zip wire: 660m. Have breakfast, lunch or a cream tea in the Eden Kitchen Cafe.
Tropical rainforest biome
Or more properly called The Humid Tropics Biome.
Over 200m long, up to 50m high- one of the largest greenhouses in the World.
Gaze in awe at the spectacle in front of you.
Containing tens of thousands of plants and trees from the lush rainforests of South America,
West Africa, the Oceanic Islands and Asia.
During one of our visits we saw: coffee plants with green coffee beans, already the size of a mans little finger; coconut palms growing on their own sandy beach; papaya and the wrinkled pods of the cocoa bean. On another visit pineapples planted in neat rows ripe and ready for picking, sugar cane eight foot tall. Bananas too, their huge leaves reaching skywards, green fruit the size of a person's index finger. And yes 'wow hasn't the Humid Tropics Biome grown so much...'
The Warm Temperate Biome. We suggest you visit this Biome first. Cork trees from the Mediterranean. Notice the family of piglets? An ancient olive grove containing trees up to one hundred and fifty years old- their bark so gnarled. The copper sculpture of a bull representing Dionysus. A vineyard. During one visit citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons were ripe. During another visit we saw capsicum, and the lavender striped aubergine. Food and drink. Eat a Stone Bake Pizza whilst taking in the spectacle, sitting in the Med Terrace restaurant.
Out of Doors -The Third Biome. The whole of the out of doors site is in effect a huge biome in its own right. This, has in part, been planted with species found in our own British temperate climate. An apple orchard. Plants unique to Cornwall, both native and introduced and thriving in the mild Cornish climate. A tea plantation. Over 300,000 daffodil bulbs, in bloom from early March to May- bulbmania in all its glory. In July and August the joy that is the British Allotment. In late summer a dazzling display of sunflowers, and also of lavender in rows- their scent wafting in the breeze. However no two visits are ever the same. Part of the enjoyment is seeing Eden evolve, not just through the Seasons, but over the years.
When is Eden open? Open open every day of the year except 25th December,
and closed for two days' staff training in January and February.
Check their web site before making a special journey.
You can get a discount if you book a dated ticket in advance online.
Our Tips for visiting: Wednesday's are particularly busy; whilst the days at the end of the week including Sunday are often quietest. On wet summer holiday days the biomes can become very crowded. During the last two hours before closing you may be lucky and be one of few visitors remaining. Incidentally when the photographs on this page were taken. You should allow 2 or 3 hours for your visit. Check opening times before setting out. Getting There Follow the brown tourists signs from the A390 at St Austell and the A30 Bodmin Bypass.
Winter Festival - the Ice is back. Skating Rink returns to Eden. From late October until late February the lake is transformed into a covered skating rink. (Closed Xmas Day and Boxing Day). Why not book a skating session and then explore the floodlit biomes? Younger skaters might wish to hire a Penguin? Skating sessions last for 40 minutes and begin on the hour.
Eden at Christmas is just magical. Meet Father Christmas. Listen to local Cornish choirs singing carols. Enjoy tasty winter warmers in the Eden Kitchen. What about a Sunday roast - mouth watering at any time of year?