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2. The Eden Project

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The Eden Project

In a huge abandoned clay pit, 160 feet deep, several transparent, geodesic 'biomes' have been constructed, each the size of an aircraft hangar, containing self sufficient eco-systems representing different zones, climates and plant species from around the globe.

Water flows through from one end to the other, and ventilation is computer controlled. In an afternoon you can stroll from the tropical forests of south-east Asia to the dry temperate regions of South Africa and the Mediterranean.

The sheer scale and ambition of the project is impressive, and is striking as much as an act of faith as a feat of engineering. Land surrounding the biomes has been planted with all manner of species of flowers and herbs, which compliment the narrative of the site as a whole.

The focus of The Eden Project is on optimism, conservation, sustainability and social responsibility, and on using education to further our understanding of the uses and benefits of the natural world, and the effects our actions can have upon it.

The Eden Project Address:
Eden Project
PL24 2SG
England, UK 

The Eden Project Opening Times:
April to October, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm daily, closes 10.00 pm Monday to Thursday in late July.
November to March, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
Last entries 90 minutes before closing
Open every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Please folow the Eden project link below for detailed winter and Christmas opening hours and up-to-date winter admission prices.
The Eden Project Admission: 
Adults  £17.50
Children (5 to 18 years old in full-time education)* £6.00
Seniors (over 60 years old)  £12.50
Under fives  Free           
Students (in full-time education with student ID if over 18*)  £10.00
T  +44 (0)1726 811911

Accommodation and eating out near the Eden Project

Carlyon Bay Hotel, St Austell,

The Fowey Hotel, Fowey,

Trenython Manor Hotel and Spa, Tywardreath,

Treberthan, farmhouse accommodation, between Par and Eden Project, 01726 817711

T’ Gallants B&B, Charlestown, St Austell, 01726 70203

Broad Meadow House B&B, Quay Road, St Austell,

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