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The Eden Project

30 August 2016

image from The Eden Project

After waking up to a bit of a rainy morning we decided to visit the Eden Project thinking this might still be a good place to visit in wet weather. I think everyone else may have had the same idea as there was quite the queue of cars waiting to park when we arrived. Thankfully there’s plenty of parking to cater for everyone and the site is large enough so it never felt too crowded once we were inside.

The Eden Project is home to the world’s largest rainforest in captivity as well as an immense collection of plant species from all over the world, hosted within two large biomes.

Our first stop was the Rainforest Biome which is used for tropical plants such as banana plants, coffee, rubber, and giant bamboo. It is kept at a tropical temperature and moisture level which means it’s warm and extremely humid inside the biome. At first it was a refreshing change from the cold outside but after a while the humidity is pretty tough to bare, especially as you wind your way up higher and higher within the biome.

My favourite part was The Rainforest Lookout, an aerial platform at the top of the 165-foot-high biome. From there you can get a bird’s eye view over the whole rainforest (although the humidity is killer at the top!)

When we couldn’t stand the humidity any longer we escaped to the Mediterranean Biome. This biome features plants from the Mediterranean, California, South Africa and Australia. It is kept at a temperature between 9°C-25°C, so it’s a lot more pleasant than the rainforest.

The biome even has it’s own Mediterranean style restaurant which looked quite appetising although we didn’t end up eating there.

At the perimeter of the Eden Project there are a series of adventurous activities set up including a zip wire, gravity swing and free-fall simulations. We were all keen to do the zip wire, which happens to be the longest and fastest zip wire in England. It carries you 660 metres, 100 metres above the ground, so you get a fantastic view over the Eden Project and the Cornish countryside and coast.

We were able to mount my phone onto my sister’s helmet while she did the zip line so we recorded a video of the experience. It was so much fun!

We also did the gravity swing but I found that to be pretty terrifying! Thankfully there’s no footage of that as we weren’t wearing helmets so there was no where to mount the camera. There was a lot of screaming on my part!

Visitor information

  • Eden Project is usually open every day except Christmas Day, from 9:30am - 6pm. Last admission is 90 minutes before closing time
  • At the time of writing tickets cost £25. You can save 10% if you pre-book tickets online
  • If you are also planning on visiting The Lost Gardens of Heligan you can save money by purchasing a combined ticket for both attractions (you don’t need to visit both on the same day)
  • The adventure activities are run separate from the Eden Project so they are priced separately and you do not need to pay for entry to the Eden Project to experience them
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