Here it is ladies and gentlemen, Cornwall’s biggest family attraction, most inspiring tale and unique live entertainment venue – it’s our Eden Project.
The famous biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity anywhere in the world, and they’re surrounded by stunning gardens designed to lead the way in conservation and green thinking. The Eden Project may be one of the country’s leading attractions, but the exciting thing is that it’s also an ongoing project, teaching its visitors, offering opportunities for the disadvantaged and working as a charity.
The Eden project is a unique day out – as where else can you be walking through a steamy rainforest one hour and skating on an ice rink the next? (the ice rink is an annual part of the Eden Winter Festival). Beneath the cutting-edge architecture you’ll discover world class sculptures, a treetop rainforest lookout and spectacular garden displays. Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start, guided tours are always available, and if you start to wilt during the day a ride on the tractor-pulled land train is included in the ticket price.
There are events on throughout the year, so you might find storytelling for the youngsters, the chance of a massage in the biomes to help you relax and embrace the Eden ethos or glide above the site on the longest zip wire in England. The zip wire is open between May and September, and it’s a great way to see the biomes from a different perspective.
The Eden Project is open every day of the year (except for 24 and 25 December) and it’s well signposted from the main roads outside of St Austell. When you first catch sight of the biomes, try to picture the landscape as it was before it was transformed into the attraction – as it started out as a disused quarry – just shows what you can do doesn’t it.