The Eden Project has been high up on my list of places that I’d love to visit. Being about 300 miles away from where I live it’s always been a little too far to go on a day trip! Over Christmas though I got my chance. We took off to Cornwall to stay at Coombe Mill for the Christmas break. 10 whole days, and The Eden Project was on my MUST do list!
We booked our ticket online the day before we were due to visit. You get 10% off he ticket price. If it was Summer we’d have opted to go by public transport or bike as you get a further concession on the price too. As it was the darkest day of the year we drove there instead.
There is plenty of car park space and a shuttle bus too and from the entrance. I’ve obviously seen the domes of the Eden Project in pictures so thought we’d spot them really quickly. It’s so clever though as the site is within an old quarry you can’t actually see the main attraction until you step through the ticket entrance on to a viewing platform. Such an awe-inspiring view when you do see it:
I have probably not done the place justice in my photos but if you watch my video a bit later in the post it might help. We went in the Rainforest Biome first and it was amazing. Such a variety of lush green plants and vegetation. The odd bird floating around too. Which of course the Robot loved to say duck duck at.
Throughout the walk ways you get little snippets of information and art work. I really loved these totem poles by the West African sculptor El Anatsui. Totally worthy of a spot on the blog:
The many different levels in the Biome surprised me. The walkways weave around the Rainforest very cleverly. As you head up into the heights of the trees you get a real sense of what a real Rainforest would look like. If you’re feeling particularly daring you can head up into the rooftops on to the viewing platform you can see just above my head here:
The steps wobble as you go up them but when you get to the top you feel like you are in the sky! It was awesome perspective on the place. Over all the Rainforest was my favourite section of the Eden project.
Before lunch we headed into the Mediterranean biome where we sat on a bench and watched the visitors walk by. It was a perfect opportunity to let the Robot just have a bit of a wander about poking the plants. I think because we’ve been to the med before this biome wasn’t as fascinating. It was a nice place to relax though.
We had lunch at the Eden Project in their restaurant. It was tasty and reasonably priced. There isn’t a lot on the menu though, the Robot had pizza off my plate and we’d packed him a little snack pot or two to keep him fed. However there was a kids menu.
After lunch we headed outside to explore the gardens. We wanted to do the whole project and caught the road train back up to the main entrance so that we could walk back down the Earthly Treasures slopes. There were lots of fun entertaining bits that we and the Robot could play with on the way.
The Robot pretty much walked all of it so you can imagine how long it took with an 18 month old but it was definitely a great way to spend the afternoon. December drizzle!
We went at Christmas so there was a grotto and ice skating rink available. We didn’t bother with this as the Robot was content with the tractor.
Before we left we went to explore The Core, an educational section. We spent quite a while in here because of the seed exhibit. A giant carved seed the the Robot loved to run around. This features at the end of the video.
Overall we had an amazing day and it is truly amazing. A Summer visit must make it a very different experience so if we’re ever in Cornwall in the Summer I’ll request to go again. I still can’t quite believe how hidden away it is!
Have you ever been to the Eden Project? Let me know what you thought!