When people think of attractions in Cornwall, you’ll be hard pushed to forget about the Eden Project. Being dubbed the eighth wonder of the world by some and welcoming thousands of people every day, this environmental phenomenon is something worth seeing. The Eden Project is a day attraction, offering gardens and two large biomes housing exotic plants. The biomes are split into Mediterranean and Tropical joined together by an area with gift shops and dining. It may be all about plants, but it’s enclosed in these fantastic shells so makes a great rainy day visit. That’s why my Mum and I opted to pop down on a drizzly and dull weekday afternoon.
Heading into the biomes, we started off with the tropical section. This is humid, so prepare for that when coming in dressed for the weather outside. You will find sprinklers and drink spots dotted around to keep you cool. The biome is really quite breathtaking when you first walk in. Huge tall ceilings with the largest banana leaves and monstera you have seen. The majority of the plants housed are green and beautiful, but you will find some little colourful flowers around and even some adorable little birds.
The biome keeps you occupied with waterfalls, rope walks and viewing stations. It’s a safe place to stroll through and children will enjoy the exotic feel. The plants are clearly well cared for and the general area is very clean and tidy.
Once you’ve finished up in the Tropical biome and cooled down slightly, it’s time to head across to the Mediterranean half. This one is cooler and more laid back, it features a little cafe inside which is lovely to stop off and have a relax. You’ll soon forget the rain outside when you’re feeling the warmth and enjoying the decor making you feel like you’re in Greece.
This biome is full of large cacti, lemon trees, aloe vera and beautiful red rocks. The biome feels light and airy as all the plants are much smaller and shorter than in the tropical zone. You’ll also find more local birds flying around this one.
The Eden Project is interesting to see but do ensure you’re prepared that it is just plants. There are some children running around taking in the sights but also some looking bored. The area offers several gift shops selling lovely Cornish goods and other brands and hosts several areas for food and drink. It’s easy to access and has plenty of parking with a park and ride to help you to and from your car. One down side is it is an expensive outing, at almost thirty pounds an adult ticket, I would be lying if I said I didn’t only visit because I was able to do so for free. Eden Project does offer some events such as ice skating during the winter season, a very scary looking zip wire and offers a very successful music venue which has hosted stars such as Ben Howard, Elton John and Blink 182.
Overall The Eden Project is something I would recommend seeing, but not something I find myself heading to particularly often, despite the fact it’s just down the road.
I hope this little review has been helpful, do let me know if you have any questions or have visited yourself!