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A trip to Cornwall (when you’ve driven over four hours, with two bathroom breaks) just isn’t complete without a visit to the Eden Project, so there was absolutely no chance I was missing out on seeing all my tropical dreams come true.
We spent a day at the Eden Project with the boys and honestly it was the highlight of the trip.
So what do you need to know…
The Eden Project is situated in a reclaimed clay pit which in 1995 had come to the end of it’s economic life. Now it’s home to literally thousands of plants, and two biomes containing a mix of tropical and Mediterranean plants. Honestly the whole story of how the Eden Project is pretty amazing, and the transformation of the landscape a real feat of engineering and the education factor of how they created the project is so inspiring. I could literally chat about it forever. The sustainability nerd inside me was basically in heaven, and still is, as I’m loving reading up even more about the work they do.
After parking at one of the many car parks, it’s a short walk downwards to the main entrance and visitor centre, which is a literal hub of activity. Once inside the main forum, you’re welcomed by the sight of the infamous biomes in all their glory, surrounded by foliage and flora.
Both biomes are entered through one central atrium, so we decided to hit the Rainforest first (Henry decided the direction). The humidity of the Rainforest Biome hits you almost immediately on entering and as you’ll see from the photos, my denim jacket was soon given up. A short way into the biome there is a notice informing guests that it is approximately another 30 minutes to get around the biome and if at this point you’re struggling with the humidity now is the time to turn back. There are many handy water fountains dotted around the biome which Henry loved and was great to see him actually choosing to drink water, so double win.
The biome is filled with over a thousand tropical plants, including banana trees and the most beautiful Orchid pergola, and has it’s very own waterfall which is so refreshing to stand by being a welcome break in the humidity.
Towards the top of the biome is the canopy walkway, including their own rope bridge and Henry’s favourite, a bridge that simulates cloud formations. We were pretty lucky to get some shots of Henry and I walking through it, like our very own “Stars in their Eyes” moment. There’s also a very popular look-out which Henry didn’t like. It should be noted that they only allow children who can walk unaided up to the top, and babies in carriers aren’t allowed.
Across from the Rainforest is the Mediterranean Biome which is significantly cooler in comparison. This is a bit smaller, but no less a lovely place. It features plants from across the Med, South Africa and parts of Australia, and is a much more floral setting.
We spent quite a bit of time at the centre of the biome where they had rugs laid out and books for the kids. In fact those plants and terracotta pots are basically my dream garden.
There’s actually a whole lot more to do outdoors than I expected. There’s so many different gardens to explore, including wildflowers and foliage. Each type of plant is labelled with information on its importance. There’s also lots of hidden paths and bridges which are great for keeping little feet entertained. Henry especially liked their giant bee, which of course I adored too.
My biggest concern with anywhere new is how appropriate it is going to be for my two boys. Being young sometimes the main point of a place goes over their head, but I don’t want to be restricted to only ever visiting Softplay.
Luckily, although the educational side definitely went over Dexter’s head, and mostly over Henry’s (although he did find the pineapples and bananas fascinating) the Eden Project has a few really good little play areas especially for little ones. There’s sensory features for the little ones, as well as a very small soft play area. For older kids, they have a lab too which Henry enjoyed whilst Dexter stared at bubbles and lights.
These were all housed inside the Invisible World area which is a really interesting space, with lots of bits about the human body. Certainly more appropriate for older kids however.
Aside from the main attractions there’s also extensive food options, and to be honest I now half wish we hadn’t packed a picnic because it looked and smelled amazing and was so full of colour. We did stop for a drink and cake, and I can tell you that the vegan carrot cake was excellent. We also bought ice cream for Henry on the way out which was also very good.
Parking is free of charge, and there is so much available. We went outside of half term so it wasn’t too busy, but they do operate a Park and Ride system which looked very handy for tired families parked further away.
The gift shop is amazing. I honestly could have bought so much, and they have an amazing plant selection and I am living in regret not buying one, but we had two tired children.
Honestly we had the best day, and I would highly recommend a day with kids, no matter what age, to the Eden Project.
*entry tickets gifted in exchange for review and social shares. All opinions are my own.