Over to Eden
Visit the biggest indoor biomes in the world
Cornwall proudly lays claim to the world’s largest captive rainforest. Housed in huge biomes sitting in a disused and reclaimed china clay works, the Eden Project has won numerous awards and attracts huge numbers of visitors from around the world throughout the year. The eco project, which first started in 2001, aims to educate all ages in a fun and creative way.
As well as two huge biomes, one housing Mediterranean plants and one for the Rainforest, the ‘Core’ is a hands on interactive teaching space with a play area and crafts. There’s also enough outside space to fit in 30 football pitches as you wind down pathways through sensory gardens, sculptures and into the setting for seasonal activities such as the winter ice rink or summer concert venues.
The Mediterranean Biome will fill your senses with the colours, smells and tastes of warm climates such as Southern California and South Africa. Here you’ll find storytellers, cork sculptures and giant aloe vera plants.
Moving between the biomes, the plants are recreated into tasty dishes in the restaurants, kiosks and juice bars. As soon as you move through to the Rainforest Biome, the humidity, sounds and lush tropical plants will transport you to tropical climates
To really get a feel for the Rainforest, climb the steps up the Canopy Walkway and look out over the towering trees and waterfall, it’s quite a site. If heights are no problem then the extra brave can even zip wire over the whole site!
Before visiting it’s worth checking the Eden Project calendar as there are often special events and themed weeks during the school holidays. In all the Eden Project is a great day out for the whole family, whatever time of year.
The Eden Project Gallery
Images courtesy of Hufton + Crow and Visit Cornwall.