Monday, 19 June 2017

Eden Project

Eden Project is one of the most famous tourist attractions, not just in Cornwall, but in all of the South West. And if you look at even just a few of these pictures, you will see why.

Eden attracts tourists from all over the world every year, they come to see it's beauty and to learn from its eco friendly ways.

Once a disused, abandoned quarry, Eden Project is now bursting with plants and wildlife all year round and is lovingly maintained by all of its hard working staff. Throughout Eden Project, you will see pictures of how the place was built and what it looked like beforehand and it's really interesting to see how it was done and how much work, dedication and money it took to build. In fact, they have a timeline on their website which details the building work.

And it isn't just plants and flowers that are grown in the UK at Eden Project, they have actually created two different environments that mimic the climates of the Tropics and the Mediterranean. In fact, Eden Project boasts the largest indoor rainforest in the world.  I have to confess, we didn't go into the Tropical Biome because it was the hottest day of the year and I wimped out, although if you do go in, they have a cool room which cold air is pumped into for a refreshing break, but you may have to wait some time for it on a hot day! If you are very sensitive to the heat then the staff don't recommend that you go too far into the Tropical Biome.

There are educational areas that teach all about the importance of water and saving water, which is something Eden Project feels very strongly about. They teach about biology, and the crucial importance of preserving precious resources.

If after all your walking you start to feel hungry, Eden Project offers some great food at reasonable prices, all sourced from local suppliers and a lot of the food is actually grown in Eden Project. Because of their sustainability policy, everything is ethically sourced. The ice creams are amazing, I recommend the coconut and baobab (apparently it's pronounced bay oh bub)

If you have limited mobility, don't panic, despite being a quarry, Eden Project is possibly the most wheelchair friendly attraction in Cornwall, in fact, it won the Visit England Award for Excellence in Inclusive Tourism in 2017! 

Eden Project is one of the only tourist attractions I have ever been to that doesn't force you to walk through the gift shop on the way out, but I would recommend taking at least a quick browse. The gifts they have in there are all high quality, unique and a lot of them are made from recycled materials.

And even if conservation isn't for you, you can still enjoy Eden Project for a very different reason, Eden Sessions. For around one month of the year, Eden Project plays host to some of the biggest names in music, people like Elton John, Lionel Richie (he was amazing!) Spandau Ballet and so many more (the full list since Eden Sessions started can be found here) If you buy a ticket to see any band or comedian, be sure to keep your wristband as you will get free entry into Eden Project the next day! For some reason, the band needs to be on your wrist to be able to get in so just be aware of that.

Although it isn't a cheap day out, it is certainly value for money and you could easily spend the whole day there. I think it is a must see attraction for anyone who visits Cornwall. 

P.S If you arrive by bus, bike or foot, you get a discount off your ticket price!

Eden Project are passionate about protecting bees

The bugs here are pretty big!

Eden Project recycles rain water for use in the facilities

Fun for people of all ages

There are indoor and outdoor activities

The zipline is a popular attraction

The birds are very brave at times

Just one of the many bees they look after

This little guy was very obliging.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful photos that capture the awesome beauty of the Eden Project....