The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s – well, make that Britain’s – best-known and loved visitor attractions. This former clay pit near St Austell is now a beautiful oasis of plants, visited by over a million people every year.
Eden is far more than a garden. It’s run as an educational charity, with a mission to tell the story of the living world and our relationship with it. It does this in innovative and engaging ways, from the spectacular biomes that house incredible plants, to a lively events programme. Eden has been supporting sustainability for years, and works closely with Cornish community projects. Put simply, it's a brilliant day out.
The Cornwall Hotel is just five miles from the Eden Project, on the outskirts of St Austell. Here’s a bit more about our famous local attraction.
What’s to See at The Eden Project
There’s so much to do and see at the Eden Project. As well as the famous biomes, there’s a visitor centre and exhibitions, lots of places to eat, drink and shop, and a vast outdoor area, divided into different types of gardens.
Photos: Bronze statue and wooden walkways around the Eden Project
The hot and humid tropical biome takes you into another world (or rather, other parts of the world) with dramatic plants and creative interpretation – and don’t miss the spectacular walkway. The Mediterranean biome is more like a stroll to a taverna: pleasantly warm and sweet-smelling. Elsewhere, there are exhibitions, play areas and of course, incredible planting.
Eden has achieved the impossible: created a visitor attraction that appeals to all ages. There are activities and play areas for little ones (the nest climbing frame is a particular favourite), and Eden always runs fantastic school holiday programmes.
Photos: Cocoa pods growing in the tropical biome at the Eden Project
Let’s be honest: it’s not always easy taking a teen on holiday. A day at a garden attraction, even an exciting eco-based one, isn’t going to tick many boxes for older kids. Eden’s thought of that, too. The site is home to Hangloose Adventure who run a series of daredevil activities at Eden, including England’s longest zip wire. Show your kids this menu of Eden’s adventurous activities, and they’ll be beating a path to the car.
And then of course, there are the popular winter activities…
Christmas at Eden
Every year, Eden runs a dazzling programme of Christmas and winter festivities. It’s a bit different every year, but there’s always the ice drink, plenty of festive food and drink and beautiful lights. Wander around with a warm mulled wine to the background sound of live Christmas music.
You could always combine it with a short Christmas break at The Cornwall…
The Eden Sessions and Other Events
Over the last few years, Eden has become renowned for its fabulous Summer music programme. Iconic acts such as Elton John, Blondie and Kylie have played at the Eden Sessions, as well as current favourites Bastille, Foals and The xx. There are also comedy sessions, and line-ups have included Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey and Tim Minchin. Come along early, grab a drink, and wander around the evening gardens while you’re waiting for the gig to begin.
Going to an Eden Session does need forward planning, and tickets can sell out fast. There’s a full programme of other events at Eden, from park runs to pasty festivals, plus annual seasonal attractions like the Halloween celebrations and the gorgeous springtime bulb event.
Eden Project Facts for Visitors
It’s a five-mile drive from The Cornwall to Eden, up the A390. When you arrive, there is lots of parking (and we mean lots), with a bus service from the higher car parks. If you choose to cycle (and there are a lot of great trails around here), you’ll get discounted entry. There are bike racks and lockers for your kit.
Photo: Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project
There’s a great choice of restaurants and cafés on site, and you can pick up one of Eden’s famous pasties. You can tuck into breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea at Eden, as well as day-long snacking.
If you’d like to find out more about accessible Eden, have a look at their website, which is full of helpful information. Eden is very well-equipped for loos, baby changing and feeding areas. Four-legged family members are welcome in all the outdoor gardens, and assistance dogs can access all areas.
If you’re thinking about where to stay near the Eden Project, get in touch with us at The Cornwall. We are one of the closest hotels to Eden; and its sister attraction, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, is just down the road.