Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, Eden is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches.
With a worldwide reputation, and recognised by the British Travel Awards as the Best UK Leisure Attraction five years running, 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 cafés, 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.
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. Thirty acres of stunning outdoor garden displays
4. World-class sculpture and art
5. Educational centre and demonstrations to inspire all ages
6. Delicious locally sourced, freshly prepared food in the cafés
7. A rainforest canopy walkway that takes you above the treetops
8. Fantastically fun play equipment for kids
9. A living example of regeneration and sustainable living
10. You can even take your dog with you!
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