With a worldwide reputation, and recognised by the British Travel Awards as the Best UK Leisure Attraction 5 years running (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), Eden barely needs an introduction, but this epic destination definitely deserves a day of your undivided attention. More than just a huge, tropical garden, Eden is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind's dependence on plant life. Not only a mind-blowing visitor attraction, Eden is also fast-becoming a unique resource for education and knowledge towards a sustainable future.
Experience the sights, smells and scale of the rainforests in the Rainforest Biome - the world's largest greenhouse - and discover the tropical plants that are used to produce everyday products. Travel to South Africa and California, as you amble amongst the orange and lemon trees, olive groves and gnarled vines of the Mediterranean Biome, and in the 30-acre Outdoor Garden see hemp, sunflowers and other plants that could change your future, flourishing under the Cornish sun.
A fascinating location, but, more importantly, Eden is a fun and family-friendly day out. Curious kids can find out where tea, rubber and sugar come from, and travel the world to the simulated environments of tropical destinations that they dream of traveling to in the future. There are themed events according to the seasons, workshops for adults and children, activity days, music concerts and much more besides.
There's no stress about packing up a family survival kit - facilities include on-site restaurants and cafes, gift shops and well equipped child- and baby-friendly toilet facilities. In fact, for a day out you needn't worry about taking much more than yourselves. Eden also offers easy access to wheelchairs and buggies, and dogs on leads are welcome in all the outdoor areas of the site.
There's so much going on at Eden that it's good to check their own events calendar and food menus before a visit to make sure you don't miss out on anything.
NEW FOR 2018 (opens 25 May)
Invisible Worlds NEW permanent exhibition
Welcome to Invisible Worlds: Eden’s incredible new exhibition revealing a world beyond your senses - too big, too small, too fast, too slow, too far away in space and time.
Our transformed Core building is home to Invisible Worlds, uncovering the true and extraordinary story of life on Earth. Every teaspoon of soil and drop of water is bursting with life, from zombie ants to minibeasts that can survive a vacuum.me and discover this hidden world through interactive exhibits, amazing artworks, hands-on experiments and exciting events.
Look up (and up…) at a gigantic ceramic sculpture, created in homage to one of the world’s smallest but most important organisms. Watch closely, it may have a few surprises in store...
Explore incredible interactive exhibits which will transport you from the small to the vast and through 4.5 billion years of evolution.
Plus so much more, including a dedicated exhibitions gallery, all-new café and rock garden terrace, and daily workshops, stories and tours.
Top 10 reasons to visit the Eden Project:
1. The world's largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls
2. Cutting-edge architecture and buildings
3. Stunning garden displays all year round
4. World-class sculpture and art
5. Evening gigs, concerts and an ice rink in the winter
6. Educational centre and demonstrations to inspire all ages
7. Brilliant local, fairly-traded food in the restaurants and cafes
8. A rainforest canopy walkway that takes you above the treetops
9. Living example of regeneration and sustainable living
10. Free land train pulled by a tractor
To find out more about events at Eden visit their What's on page here
Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Theme Park and Attraction of the Year - Gold Award
Cornwall Tourism Awards 2015/16 - Large Attraction of the Year - Gold Award
Cornwall Tourism Awards 2016/17 - Access and Inclusivity - Gold Award
British Travel Awards 2013 - Best UK Leisure Attraction
British Travel Awards 2014 - Best UK Leisure Attraction
British Travel Awards 2015 - Best UK Leisure Attraction
South West Tourism Awards 2015/16 - Large Attraction of the Year – Gold Award
South West Tourism Awards 2016/17 - Access and Inclusivity – Gold Award
National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016 - UK Attraction of the Year
National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015 – Green Award