Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches.
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With a worldwide reputation, and recognised by the British Travel Awards as the Best UK Leisure Attraction 4 years running (2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011), 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.
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
Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Theme Park and Attraction of the Year - Gold Award
Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15 - Garden & Country House of the Year - Bronze Award
British Travel Awards 2013 - Best UK Leisure Attraction
British Travel Awards 2014 - Best UK Leisure Attraction
Cornwall Tourism Awards 2013/14 - Garden of the Year - Gold Award
Cornwall Tourism Awards 2013/14 - Family Fun Day Out - Gold Award
South West Tourism Awards 2013/14 - Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Highly Commended
- Educational Visits available
- Group Visits available
- Disabled access
- Disabled parking
- Disabled toilets
- Guide dogs permitted
- Hearing loop system
- Accessible formats
- Entrance flat / without steps
The Eden Project wants to provide a great experience for all ages, abilities and backgrounds and are proud to have been awarded the Readers’ Choice award at the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain Awards in 2010. There is a detailed access guide on the website. If you have a question you'd like to ask about access or facilities and you can't find the answer on the website please email them.
Tickets / Price Guides
|Ticket Type||Ticket Price||Ticket Details|
|Adult||£18.50||Student (Valid NUS card)|
|Concession||£18.50||Seniors (Over 60)|
|Free Admission||£0.00||Child (0-4)|
These prices are a guide only. Prices are likely to change depending on the season and various discounts are available. Please check the website for more details.
Open all year
The Eden Project is usually open every day of the year except for 24 and 25 December. Check the Eden website for full and detailed opening times, because sometimes they open later into the evening with a special programme of events, and on some days we have to close the Biomes (greenhouses) a bit earlier to keep the plants healthy. Generally the gates open at 9am, the ticket desks at 9.30am - then it will depend on the time of year as to what time they close. Every day, the last entry to the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes is half an hour before Eden closes. Eden staying open late, until 8pm, every Mon-Thurs throughout July and August. There’s reduced admission after 3.30pm, and from 5pm visitors are invited to help build and light our Basecamp fire then share freshly-cooked popcorn and stories of their day’s adventures. Plus the Eden bar and grill will be open, serving delicious hot food. For detailed Eden Project opening times go to: http://www.edenproject.com/come-and-visit/opening-times
Railway stations near Eden: Eden is just a few miles from St Austell railway station, which is on the main line from London Paddington and well served by buses to Eden. You could also take the train to Luxulyan, Bugle or Par, for a more scenic journey or to continue your trip on foot or bike. Check train timetables on the National Rail Enquiries website or by calling 08457 48 49 50. Special offer available for a 'through ticket' - including rail, bus and Eden ticket - see the Eden Project website or ask at your local Rail Station - The Eden Project is a 'destination' on the rail timetable.
The Eden Project, just outside St Austell, is well signposted from both 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. Take the A30 and continue until you reach the Innis Downs junction (A391) from which Eden is well signposted.
By bus, Eden is a half-hour bus ride from St Austell railway station, an hour and a quarter from Newquay station, and less than half an hour from Luxulyan railway station. The following services stop at Eden: First Bus 101: St Austell railway station – Eden Route 101 timetable Western Greyhound 527: Newquay – St Austell railway station – Eden Route 527 timetable
Eden wants as many of you to walk or cycle to Eden as possible, so offers discount tickets when you arrive at the admissions desk (we can’t give these discounts on advanced tickets bought online). See the Eden website to find out how much you can save and routes for walkers and cyclists.
April 28th, 29th and 30th - Room on the Broom
Locals’ Pass Holders are in for a special theatrical treat at the Eden Project this spring with the arrival of the children’s favourite Room on the Broom show.
It offers a feast of truly scary fun for children aged three and above. The tale features a witch and her cat flying happily on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand.
The show, described by the Times as 55 minutes of high-energy treat, is being staged on April 28th at 2pm and 4.30 pm, one the 29th at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm, and on the 30th at 11am and 2pm. The Eden dates are part of a national tour.
Tickets for Room on the Broom go on sale on Thursday 12 March at 4pm and are available to adult Eden Locals' Pass holders. There is a booking fee of £3 for adults, £3 for children and £3 for concessions. A maximum of six tickets can be bought by an individual adult Eden Locals' Pass holder.