The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s top attractions. Many people visit Cornwall just to experience the Eden Project. The project took two and a half years to construct and was opened to the public in March 2001. They have since added the Core building in 2005, which is a fascinating education facility with exhibition spaces, soft play and the incredible 70-tonne granite “Seed” sculpture.
Eden also hosts it’s regular “Eden Sessions” which sees many internationally acclaimed musicians perform sell out concerts against the stunning backdrop of the lit up biomes.
Eden is a great place to visit at any time of the year and Butterwell Farm has perfectly located accommodation near to the Eden Project. The ice skating rink which is installed for most of the winter season is a big hit with little ones.
There are two biomes – the rainforest and Mediterranean biome. The 50-metre tall rainforest biome houses the world’s largest rainforest in captivity. They are currently working on the next phase of their Rainforest Canopy Walkway – The Weather Maker – that will be open in spring 2017.
There are two main restaurants in-between the two biomes, as well as other smaller food kiosks that all serve a variety of exotic and local Cornish produce.
The Eden Project is accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Even our one year old, Jack, was able to negotiate both biomes with his reigns and loved getting up close with all the unusual vegetation, the roul-roul partridges and Sulawesi white-eye birds, and water features.
Am I allowed to say my favourite part is the gift shop!! I have heard some of our regular guests say they go there just for the shop (which you don’t need to pay admittance for). They sell a wonderful variety of both exotic and local Cornish plants, foods, clothing, award-winning toys and gifts. Their products are ethical, sustainable and many recycled.