A visit to the Eden project was on top of my list for our Cornish holiday. I had heard so many great things for this unique place and was really keen to see it. It is set in a big crater, the rather desolate remains from a no-longer used clay pit. It went through an incredible transformation and it is now a destination dedicated to environmentally-friendly agriculture, living in balance with nature, and sustainability.
The Eden project consists of two massive biodomes, surrounded by outdoor gardens, fields, and even small-sized woodlands. The Tropical and the Mediterranean Biomes really dominate the landscape, they definitely made me feel like I had found myself in a sci-fi film. We caught glimpses of them while wandering around the outdoor gardens which felt a bit surreal.
Outside, we found gardens designed to evoke memories and tantalise the senses. I loved the sweet-smelling, pink rose walk, the fields of daisies, the picture perfect cottage garden, and the Cornish woodland walks. The Boy was quite taken by the hops and barley fields because beer is high up on his list of interests.
Going inside the Mediterranean Biome felt like I had gone back home. The scent of thyme and rosemary, the citrus trees, the olive groves, the little hillside vineyards, the bright saturated colour of the bougainvillea, the little sparrows fluttering around, the warmth on my skin. Everything felt so lovely and familiar.
And then we were off to the tropics. The Tropical Biome hosts the largest rainforest “in captivity” in the world. It is a vast indoor jungle, including a waterfall, colourful tropical birds, coffee and cacao plants, and all sorts of nut and spice plants. I loved walking among the tall palm trees, seeing the African totems, peeking inside the south Pacific wooden huts, and then taking in the great view from the canopy walkway. I wasn’t so keen on the humidity though, my hair was rather frizzy and scary by the end but it was a small price to pay.
We spent the whole day at the Eden project and it was such a wonderful visit. It was so incredible to see how an ugly and deserted crater was transformed into a place simply bursting with life. The Eden project is certainly a thought-provoking, inspiring place, but it’s also just so much fun. I think visiting would be a great experience for people of all ages, I’ve been recommending to absolutely everyone since we’ve been back. And I certainly can’t wait to go back again!