The Eden Project in Cornwall is one of the UK’s top environmental visitor attractions and it’s no surprise why. It has something for everyone there, even if it is all based around eco-systems and promoting a better way of interacting with our environment, not to mention building a more sustainable future.
Hubs and I visited the Eden Project on our honeymoon and I fell in love with the place. It’s not surprising then that we decided to take Small Boy as part of our first family holiday to Cornwall.
I had hoped that it would be as fabulous as I remember and it was. In fact it was better as it was a glorious day so we could really enjoy the outdoor gardens and walks as well as the Biomes.
If you haven’t heard of the Eden Centre, let me tell you a little about it. It’s about 20 minutes from Newquay, nestled in a huge crater. Massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, as well as a beautiful Mediterranean habitat. There are massive sculptures reflecting nature made of recycled materials, exhibitions and special events around the year. I almost feel like I should just copy and paste a bunch of material from their website as their is honestly just too much to list in one post. In short then, go check it out for listings on current exhibitions and maps. You can also buy your tickets online, although we used Tesco Clubcard vouchers so it didn’t cost anything other than spending month and donations on the day.
We arrived at around 10am which was perfect for us. There is a lot of parking available, but it is quite a walk to the centre so be prepared. I recommend taking a stroller if you are going with a toddler as it would be too far for little legs in my opinion. Besides, you’ll be there all day and with the heat in the Biomes little people may well want to take a nap. Not that it’s a problem. Parents can amble around for hours, or stop for lunch and a coffee in one of the many restaurants.
I wasn’t sure how Small Boy would take to it, but he had an amazing time. Kids love it there and all ages seemed to be fascinated by the huge tropical plants, waterfalls and wildlife. It’s like visiting another world. SB ran wild,sniffing plants and chatting away to the birds. He got particularly excited when he saw a banana tree.
I also try to talk about value for money in my reviews as I know that even for working parents, finances are something we have to juggle. There is not getting around it that Eden isn’t the cheapest day out, with a family or four costing up to £71. That said, children under 5 are free and if you use Tesco Clubcard points it will only cost two adults the equivalent of about £25 or so.
It’s definitely worth going. I’ll be going again if we go to Cornwall. There’s so much to see there are still things we need to back and take a look at!
If you don’t believe me, check out their Instagram feed:
Follow the new account run by Rachel in our Outdoor Gardens team: @edenprojectoutdoorgardens I love this view first thing on a sunny Monday morning. The best start to the week #edenproject #gardensofinstagram #gardensofcornwall #cornwall #kernow #gardens #lovemyjob #gardener #greenfingers 📷: @edenprojectoutdoorgardens