Since March 2001, the Eden Project have opened their doors to the public to welcome them into the realistic rainforest temperatures, the beautiful plants, the rich smell of the coffee beans as well as the delicious, freshly made restaurant food.
While we were in St Austell for our second year anniversary, we decided to visit the spectacular domes of the Eden Project and despite not being fans of plants, gardens, trees – we had an amazing day walking around and taking it all in.
The Eden Project very kindly gifted us two day passes in exchange for today’s blog post. Prepare yourselves for a lot of photos..
Nestled within a huge crater, the biomes are well hidden amongst the trees and photographs simply don’t do the Eden Project justice. Beautiful.
The outline of the Eden Project has been designed fantastically with slopes down to the biomes with plenty of entrances/exits into the main areas.
We arrived around 10am on the day of our anniversary and with children still being in schools, we thought it would be quite quiet but it seemed that a lot of people had the same idea as us. Nevertheless, it wasn’t overly crowded which we both liked.
The Rainforest Biome was the first biome which we encountered and oh my word.
IT IS HOT IN THERE.
I was so pleased with myself as I brought deodorant and powder with me for the day ahead but my word, I didn’t actually realise how hot it would be inside.
It is in fact, the largest indoor rainforest in the entire world with temperatures being able to reach up to 35 degrees celsius.
There are four aspects to the Rainforest Biome:
- Southeast Asia
- Tropical Islands
- Tropical South America
- West Africa
Make sure you give yourselves around 1 – 2 hours to fully look around the Rainforest Biome and to properly explore.
Honestly, the Rainforest Biome was absolutely spectacular and there are ten fantastic things to see:
- The Canopy Walkway.
- The stunning design of the domes (look up!).
- The Malaysian hut – complete with a cute vegetable patch.
- The waterfall which you can hear throughout the dome.
- The African sculptures.
- Bananas – yes, they actually grow there!
- Nuts and spices.
- Rubber trees.
- Cocoa and chocolate.
- The roul-roul partridges and Sulawesi white-eye birds.
We absolutely loved the Rainforest Biome. It reached all expectations and then added so much more. I just know that my Mum wouldn’t want to leave.
The Mediterranean Biome
The indoor garden is home to 1,000 plants with landscapes from California, the Mediterranean South Africa as well as Western Australia. This biome also features a restaurant and despite us not eating there, it did smell rather incredible.
There is a new aspect to this biome in terms of the Western Australian Garden which includes the scarlet banksia, the red-and-green kangaroo paw as well as the iconic grass tree.
I went very photo mad during our time in both Biomes so, you’re getting ALL the shots and I’m not even remotely sorry..
One of my favourite parts in the Mediterranean Biome was the perfume garden and I’m pretty sure that a lot of people chuckled when I rather loudly said to the Mr:
“Oh, it smells like I’ve walked into Debenhams!”
Throughout the biome, you will see A LOT of fruit and veg growing amongst the brightly coloured plants. There is a citrus grove, a grape vine (yup, I did sing the song!), olive garden, chilli peppers segments and so much more.
OH BUT THERE IS MORE..
Aside from the biomes, you can’t miss the bee. It’s big enough.
The Eden Project decided upon including a bee sculpture to remind their guests of how important pollinating insects such as bees are to the flowers as well as to humans.
We need the honey for our Greek yoghurts.
There was a huge patch of the most incredible lavender right next to the sculpture and honestly – it was bee city! There were hundreds upon hundreds of bees doing their job but naturally, I had to get a few shots for Instagram.
The outdoor gardens are literally everywhere, you just can’t miss them and the best bit: the higher you walk up amongst the beautiful flowers, the views of the biomes somehow become even more spectacular.
If you walk along the high walkway, it is the best opportunity to get the best photos of the biomes!
Within the Invisible Worlds Exhibition is the seed sculpture which was created by Peter Randall-Page and weighs as heavy as ten elephants.
The reason behind the sculpture is to symbolise the growth pattern found across the natural world in ammonites, pine cones and sunflowers.
It is centred in a room of its own and it is probably the only quiet place within the entire the Eden Project and I absolutely loved it.
Overall, we had the most amazing day and I am incredibly grateful to the wonderful team for collaborating with us for our anniversary. I sincerely hope you’ve all enjoyed this blog post – it took quite a few hours to put together!