Dominated by two giant, bubble-shaped biomes—the world's largest greenhouses—the Eden Project is one of Cornwall's most famous landmarks. The biomes maintain miniature ecosystems that enable all kinds of plants to flourish: orchids, palms, and cacao trees in the Rainforest Biome and proteas, cacti, and huge aloe veras in the Mediterranean Biome.
The Eden Project explores issues of environment and conservation through exhibits around the sprawling complex on everything from climate change to chocolate production. The Link Building connects the two biomes, and a treetop walkway in the tropical Rainforest Biome leads visitors across the biome and through the jungle canopy.
Besides the biomes, the Eden Project features outdoor gardens brimming with plants and dotted with sculptures and an educational center called the Core, whose design mirrors the structure of a sunflower and which houses interactive exhibits and a gigantic seed sculpture. You can explore the Eden Project independently or on a 1-hour guided tour, which requires advance booking.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Eden Project is a must-visit for families.
The site is fully wheelchair-accessible, and wheelchairs are available to borrow.
There is free Wi-Fi throughout.
Children up to age 4 can visit the Eden Center for free.
The site has a café and gift shop.
Dogs are permitted in outdoor areas.
How to Get There
The Eden Project encourages visitors to travel by public transportation. The nearest train station is St. Austell (on the London Paddington–Penzance line). From there, bus 101 travels to just outside the Eden Project, a journey of 15 minutes. If driving, you will find ample free parking on-site.
When to Get There
The Eden Project is open most days of the year, except December 25 and some Mondays and Tuesdays in January and early February. The busiest days at Eden tend to be school holidays and rainy midweek days. Check the calendar for dates of upcoming events, such as workshops and concerts.
Outdoor Activities at the Eden Project
In addition to play areas suited to travelers with children, Eden has several outdoor activities for various ages, including England's longest zipline, a giant gravity swing, a 40-foot-high (12 meter-high) bungee drop, a climbing wall, and (in winter) an ice rink. Additional fees—and age and height restrictions—apply.