Visiting the Eden Project, Cornwall is a great day out. If you are thinking about going to the Eden Project and not sure where to start, this post will help you figure out what you need to do, best places to stay and how to get the best out of your visit!
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Visiting the Eden Project
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We are housesitting in Cornwall and are determined to get out and experience as much as we can. We are returning to this housesit in August which is peak Summer holiday season, so we are aiming to knock off as much as possible in the next few weeks before the crowds hit!
One of the things that was at the top of my list was the Eden Project, Cornwall. I am not sure why it was at the top of my list, but I suspect it has something to do with a documentary I saw years ago about it being set up. So, we did a bit of research and headed off for a day of exploring the Eden Project.
This post may also help you plan your Eden Project UK visit.
What is the Eden Project?
The Eden Project is one of the top things to do in Cornwall, and we can see why! The Eden Project is a global garden, dominated by two huge domes, nestled into the site of a former quarry. The huge biodomes at the Eden Project house the largest rainforest in captivity, alongside contemporary gardens, exhibitions, concerts and much more. The Eden Project is an educational charity, which also supports transformational projects and learning programmes.
Where is the Eden Project?
The Eden Project is located in Cornwall. It is located just outside St Austell on the south coast of mid-Cornwall. The Eden Project is well signposted from the A30 from Exeter and the A391/390 from Plymouth. If you're coming from outside Cornwall, take the M5 southbound to Exeter, where the motorway splits. There is plenty of parking at the Eden Project, and they also have a park and ride facility.
Eden Project discounts are offered if you arrive by public transport, however, this discount is only available at the door and not on advance Eden Project tickets purchased online. If you are staying nearby you could also walk or cycle.
How much does it cost to get into the Eden Project?
Eden Project prices are fairly straightforward. You can purchase tickets online or directly at the Eden Project. By purchasing online, you get a 10% discount on your ticket. Tickets (both advance and full price) are valid for a year – so you can keep coming back. A full price adult ticket is £27.50, so for two of us it cost us £55. This was quite pricey for us (as we are still calculating in NZ dollars – so double it!), but we know we are coming back to Cornwall later in the year so will be able to visit again – or even several times if we wish. We also like that the Eden Project is a charitable endeavour focused on the environment, so it is a good cause to support.
If you would prefer to have an Eden Project tour, there are also guided tour options available too. Eden Project opening times are generally 9am – 6pm. During summer there are some evenings when it closes at 8pm.
What was it like?
We had seen plenty of Eden Project pictures, but to be honest we were taken by how big the Eden Project is, and the amount of work that would have been taken to get it to what it is. We were there for two hours and probably did about a third of the experience. So, we will definitely be heading back.
We noticed there were a few school groups there too, but as Eden Cornwall is so big you don’t really cross paths with them. We found it easy to get around and noted there were plenty of accessibility options available. There is a bit of walking to be done to get around Eden, but you get to experience different gardens as you progress through. We walked 4kms in our time at Eden.
There are plenty of places to stop and admire your surroundings, find out about different types of plants and check out the various Eden Project sculptures. There are also several cafés which looked fairly busy when we were there. There is also the great Eden Project shop that is well worth exploring for beautiful sustainably sourced and produced products, as well as Eden Project merchandise.
We spent most of our time in the Rainforest Biome. It was lush and green – and most of all warm. The higher you went into the Biome the hotter it got. We were definitely stripping off a few of our Cornwell Spring layers. We both noted that it felt like being back in Malaysia or Thailand. It was a great experience, not only do you find out about plants and ecosystems, you also find out about different countries, cultures and how they use their natural environment.
We noticed there were activities underway too, for example, Pukka were doing a free tea tasting. For the more daring you can also experience the Eden Project Zip Wire – which we clearly were not daring enough to do.
Where to stay if you aren’t from or already in Cornwall
There are plenty of options for Eden Project accommodation, here are a few places to stay near Eden Project.
The YHA Eden Project - the YHA Eden Project is the most convenient accommodation option for an Eden Project visit. Guests are accommodated in modern bedrooms made from shipping containers, and access to communal areas. During the Summer you can also hire a tent to sleep in the great outdoors and go Eden Project Camping. Camping near Eden Project, Cornwall sounds like a great experience to try. Check here for the latest information and rates.
Hotels near Eden Project
There are several other options for accommodation near Eden Project, here are a few options to consider.
Close to Public Transport
White Hart Hotel – Located near the train station, this Hotel is a great choice if you are using public transport to get to Eden Project. Set in a grand Georgian building, the White Hart offers large rooms with all the mod cons, and a lively bar to enjoy a quiet meal or beer. Check here for the latest reviews and rates.
The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate – located one minute from the beach, the Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate is 3.4 miles from Eden Project. With a tennis court, spa facilities, playground and babysitting/child services, there is something for everyone – a great family option. Check here for the latest information and rates.
Is Visiting the Eden Project worth it?
We had a ball at the Eden Project. It was a really positive experience, easy to get around and well worth it. If you are visiting Cornwall, visiting the Eden Project is a great experience and well worth it.