While we were in Devon the week before last we took a trip down to Cornwall to visit the Eden Project. Hubby and I have visited before when it was still very much in its infancy so I was really looking forward to taking Monkey and seeing how it had grown since our last visit. Plus my photography class is learning all about Macro so it seemed like a perfect chance to get some interesting pictures too.

When Monkey saw the Biome’s he suddenly became very excited, he’s not seen anything like them before (our small green house doesn’t cut it!) and wanted to go an explore them straight away.

Our Visit to the Eden Project

As its early March and the weather has been less than consistent we decided to have a looks around outside first. Many of the plants are just waking up from their hibernation this time of year although there are plenty of spring flowers and rows of daffodils and white tulips inserting colour into the green slopes. The area looks vast but its actually very easy to walk around, we picked up a map and investigated some of the play areas first since Monkey had been cooped up in the car for a couple of hours it was good for him to stretch his legs.

There are several play activities scattered throughout the site, they also have a really good page on their website which is worth viewing if you are planning on Visiting with kids. Monkey was fascinated by the vegetable area, even though its March there was still garlic, swede, cauliflowers, sprouting broccoli and leeks. We grow veggies at home but to see them on a larger scale was great.

IMG_0081We also met a giant bee on our walk towards the larger of the two Biomes. Monkey was drawn to it as it was very tactile although it was quite funny watching him go up to stroke it. He was a little nervous of it and needed some encouragement.

To access the Biomes you enter through The Link which is where the main restaurant is. It has inside and outside seating areas, a jucie bar, toilets, shop (stock up on liquid for the rainforest Biome) and a cloakroom. We only spotted the cloakroom after we had walked around the rainforest. Its free and I would highly recommend using it as the temperature in the Rainforest Biome when we visited was up at 31 so carrying coats and layers round can be a bit of a juggling act.

As you walk into the Rainforest Biome which is the largest of the two it really feels as though you are going sub tropical with ripening banana’s hanging high up and large leafy plants. I love the educational nature of it, there is so much information available throughout, even with Monkey only being three and a half there was still lots to keep him entertained. He loved finding out about the canoe plants in particular

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He also liked looking for the little birds which have been introduced to keep the insect population down. We took a steady walk up to the waterfall stopping to investigate the various exhibits on route.

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At the top of the Biome they have built a walkway which means you can get above the tree canopy. Its only operational at certain times of the day and if it gets too hot then you will not be able to visit. They suggested that as I was 31 weeks pregnant it was probably not a good idea for me to walk up the 84 steps to the top. So Hubby took Monkey while I took the weight off my feet. He got some great photos and Monkey really enjoyed the view.

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When they came down Monkey was very hot sot I decided to leave him in his vest for the rest of the visit. As you come down from the top you pass a Baobab bar, serving drinks made from the Baobab tree. I would have normally opted for the one with gin, but for obvious reasons we settled with a coconut milk and lime leave infusion. I was quite surprised when Monkey said he liked it, it could have just been the heat!

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I really love the fact that Monkey learnt about how all sorts of different food stuffs grew including ginger, coca, sugar cane, pineapples, cashew nuts and spices to name a few. We probably spent 45 minutes to an hour in the Biome, I could imagine with older children you could easily spend a lot longer.

We decided to stop for lunch before heading into the Mediterranean Biome. There is a large restaurant serving hot meals made on site. Outside is a pasty shop which also serves sandwiches. For children they have a a good selection of lunch items to put in a little bag, and to Hubby’s delight they also sell beer.

The Mediterranean Biome is much more me temperature wise, its very pleasant and you are instantly transported to a Greek Island. It looks as though they are in the process of putting a new restaurant in (below) which we have decided to eat in next time we visit.

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IMG_0176They have a lot of tulips in the Biome at the moment which gave me chance to practice my photography while Monkey had fun exploring the citrus trees and balancing on the white walls which run round the flower beds.

After exploring we headed back outside to investigate some more and visit the Core. This had been shut last time we visited so we were unsure what we were going to see. On route we found another play area with willow tunnels and musical instruments.

The core is the sites interactive learning zone, in the middle of the first room there is a giant nut cracker which Monkey was fascinated with. He could just about manage to turn the handles but Hubby stepped in when he got tired. There are various other displays and a large magnetic wall made out of old white goods. In the centre is a the seed. There is also a soft play which Monkey made a bee line for.

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Its a great size and has lots of equipment and seating, initially Monkey decided to make a tower before putting on a bug outfit. Although it took a lot of persuasion to get a photo! It was a great opportunity to take the weight off our feet before the drive back to our holiday home, especially as it had started to rain outside.

We had a great day at the Eden Project, and we did not see all that it had to offer in the five hours we were there so we will have to visit again! It definitely lived up to expectations and is a great place for children of all ages, I would highly recommend a visit if you are local.

Things you need to know:

  • Address – Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, UK
  • The Eden Project is open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day, opening times vary depending on the time of year you can find details here.
  • Buying tickets online will save you 10% there is also a special ticket which you can buy which will include entrance to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. If you buy the tickets online they are valid for 28 days, under 4s are free, child age 5-16 is £14 and adults are £25.

We were given tickets to the Eden Project for free for the purpose of this review all opinions are my own – we loved it!

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45 Comments

  1. I really want to visit the Eden Project but it’s quite far for us and without a car I’m not quite sure on the logistics of it. Looks like you had a fab time though! #BloggerClubUK

  2. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum) Reply

    I’d love to go to the Eden project. The biodomes look so futuristic. I think my boys would love it too and there’s so much to learn in a really fun way! The bug costume was adorable!

  3. Kate Tunstall, The Less-Refined Mind Reply

    I did this a few years ago with hubby. Was 5 hours away but such a lovely area and a great day out, we really enjoyed it. X
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  4. I love Cornwall but haven’t been back in years. The Eden Project looks like a great reason to return apart from everything else Cornwall has to offer (pasties, perhaps?) It’s incredible that they can grow tropical fruit! Thanks for sharing. #BloggerClubUK

  5. I’ve been wanting to visit the Eden Project for ages and am finally going to get to go later this month so it’s great to read this. I must remember to dress my daughter in layers for the rainforest biome! Good practice for the heat in Burma… #bloggerclubuk

  6. We have yet to make the trip, but the Eden project is high up on my list of things to do. It looks like you had a wonderful time, and it’s really useful to read your tips for the day. #BloggerClubUK

  7. We are visiting the Eden Project this summer as part of our family holiday so this is a really handy post thanks for sharing hun xx #BloggerClubUK

  8. looks like great fun was had by all. Wish we had something like this here in ireland. the kids would love it. I can’t wait till our baby is a little older and we can start exploring here a bit more. thanks for sharing

  9. anywaytostayathome Reply

    We toyed with going to the Eden project when we to Devon last year but decided the extra drive and the hugeness of of it may be too much for the little one. On one hand you’ve confirmed my thoughts that it would have been a lot to take in for him but on the other you have made me incredubly jealous!!! #BloggerClubUK

  10. Hot Pink Wellingtons Reply

    I’ve wanted to visit the Eden Project for ages, but felt it was maybe a bit too geared towards older children than my little one. Sounds like I needn’t have worried though – I’m staggered by how much there is here and how much variety! I’m also really keen on the look of the Mediterranean biodome and the Greek restaurant – yum! #BloggerclubUK

  11. Sounds like a great place to visit! I’ve never been as Cornwall is so far away from us but hopefully we will take a trip there one day! #BloggerClubUK

  12. Looks like you had a brilliant day. I went years ago as a child, must have been when it first opened but I can’t really remember much! That bee is pretty scary though…#BloggerClubUK

  13. We went to the Eden Project a few years back and it was brilliant. I loved looking at all the different plants and exploring the different climates. Very nice day out. Looked like you enjoyed it too!

    Sally @ Life Loving
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  14. Angela Milnes Reply

    This looks so amazing! I’ve not heard of this before but it is the type of thing Sylvia and I would love to do! Angela x

  15. debsrandomwritings Reply

    Hi Clare, the Eden Project looks like a great place to visit even if you don’t have children. I don’t blame Monkey for being wary of the giant bumble bee, I would be too. It’s a shame you couldn’t go to the to of the canopy, I bet the view was amazing.

    xx

  16. Oooh, I’ve always wanted to go to the Eden Project but we’ve never made it down to Cornwall, hopefully in the next few years and hopefully in the Spring as Spring flowers are my absolute favourite! Lovely photos too! #BloggerClubUK

  17. The Mum Project Reply

    Oh this looks great! The only thing similar to this I’ve been to is in Kew Gardens, but this looks awesome, would definitely like to go for a visit. I especially like the view from the top…sorry you weren’t able to get up there but they were probably right in that you are almost at the end of your pregnancy!! : ) Thanks for hosting #BloggerClubUK!

  18. We’d love to visit the Eden Project! Maybe when I’m a bit older 🙂 the Biome’s and giant bee look impressive! #BloggerClubUK

  19. Mess and merlot Reply

    Really interesting to see a review on this, I love Devon and Cornwall but it’s such a trek from Bedfordshire with little people ? Maybe next year! I never knew there was so much on offer at the Eden Project, I wouldn’t have considered it before reading this but it sounds like great fun (with a sneaky bit of education thrown in too!) ? #BloggerClubUK

  20. mummystodolist Reply

    I remember visiting the Eden Project not long after it had opened – way, way before I had children! Imagine mine would love it too. #BloggerClubUK

  21. The Pramshed Reply

    Love, love, love The Eden Project, your photos bring back memories of our visit there a few years (the day my husband proposed – not at The Eden Project). I remember the heat, the plants and the pasties in the restaurant. Would love to go back. Claire x #BloggerClubUK

  22. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    I’m impressed with how much there is to do here! There is such a huge range of learning & then to add some soft play too – it sounds like kiddie heaven to me! That huge bee is so cool. Lovely review – sounds like the perfect day out for the family. #bloggerclubuk

  23. Step by Step Mom Reply

    I would love to do to Cornwall but a 6h drive with an anxious toddler doesn’t seem a god idea, and i know they need the money for maintenance, but i think is expensive, if you do the maths, mother 25£. father 25£ and 3 kids above 5 is 42£ so total = 92£, so almost 100£, i think should be some kind of family discount, but this is me..

  24. Looks like a lovely day out. Think my kiddies need to be a bit older before I can drag them round days like this sadly, well before they will get anything out of it anyway 🙁 but it is one for the to do list xx #bloggeclubuk

  25. I would love to visit the Eden project but it’s just so far away! It looks amazing.

  26. Glad Monkey had a good time! I really like the Edean Project (though not the queues to get in during the summer!) #BloggerClubUK

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  28. I’ve always wanted to go to the Eden project but as it’s so far away I never quite get around to organising a visit! It looks like you had an amazing time. #BloggerClubUK

  29. mackenzieglanville Reply

    I have seen this on a television show, it looks amazing, if I ever make it to the UK it would be so great to visit. #BloggerClubUK

  30. littlehouselea Reply

    We went to the Eden project when my daughter was really small and it was such an enjoyable day. Would like to go again now that she’s a little bigger and can enjoy so much more. #bloggerclubuk

  31. Karen Whitlock Reply

    Very comprehensive review! I haven’t been to the Eden Project for years, but must go again soon so the girls can experience it! I love that huge bee! #countrykids

  32. Coombe Mill Reply

    I love visiting the Eden Project, it’s not too far from the farm and we’ll take the kids over once or twice a year, usually when the ice skating is on. The view from the top of the Rainforest Biome is spectacular but a bit scary for someone without the head for heights! I love exploring the Mediterranean biome too, I’m definitely excited to try out the new restaurant in there too! Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  33. It sounds like you had a great visit. I’ve been to the Eden Project but not for years. Mr TB has never been. Maybe we need to change that this Easter! Thanks for the tip about buying the tickets online and the Lost Gardens of Heligan! #countrykids

  34. We were there this time last year for Easter and we all loved our trip. So much to amuse children and something for us all to learn too. That restaurant was packed when we were there so maybe it doesn’t open until Easter? #CountryKids

  35. cydneyhelsdown Reply

    I’ve only been here once WAY before my little one was on the scene, i didn’t realise how much there is for children. We love Cornwall and travelling around the UK so that must go on our Summer bucket list!
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  36. it’s such a great day out for families, isn’t it? My kids loved it although my fear of heights prevented me from properly enjoying the walkway! #MondayEscapes

  37. mytravelmonkey Reply

    We loved out visit to The Eden Project, although Monkey was just a baby, so we really didn’t get to interact with all the brilliant parts as you did. Well I know now for next time! It looks like you had a brilliant day out – I remember it being very hot inside the dome! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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