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Eden Project

Eden Project
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The Eden Project is a top international visitor destination. Eden is a must see attraction, it is open all year and only 40 minutes drive making it an ideal day trip from your caravan and camping holiday base at Dolbeare Park in South East Cornwall.

Hidden within a 60-metre deep, 15-hectare former China clay pit, Eden is home to the two largest conservatories (known as ‘Covered Biomes’) in the world. This spectacular global garden is a "Living Theatre of People and Plants" – dedicated to the appreciation and study of human dependence on plants.

Once you have explored the Eden Project, if you have the time and energy, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a great place to visit.

If on the otherhand, you have the time but absolutely no energy, one of our favourite hidden places to visit is the lovely and quaint Polkerris. A tiny fishing village with a lovely fish restaurant called Sam's on the Beach, a delightful pub, called the Rashleigh Arms and a little cafe/shop/dingy sail centre to hire dinghy's and that is it!! A super sandy beach that is not dog friendly.

The only place to park is at the main carpark on the right handside going down towards Polkerris and you then walk down to the waters edge.

Eden is generally open all year except Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. On most days throughout the summer there are extra events including theatre, workshops, art displays, gardening talks, children’s events and music.

The Biomes

The Rainforest Biome home to the tallest rainforest in captivity is big enough to hold the Tower of London and houses plants from the Tropical Islands, Malaysia, West Africa and Tropical South America, including bananas, coffee, balsa, mahogany, orchids, spices and tropical ferns. The Rainforest Biome is; a place to experience the sights, smells and sheer scale of that challenged landscape. The ‘smaller’ Biome is home to citrus, olives, herbs and vines from the Mediterranean, proteas and aloes from South Africa n regions and colourful poppies and lupins and shrubs of the Californian Chaperal.

Walk amongst orange and lemon trees and take in those holiday smells; three-quarters of Eden’s plants including hemp, lavender, even tea grow outside under the warm Cornish sun. Eden is the only place in the world where cocoa grows across from sunflowers and where a sea of poppies looks down on tea and rice plantations growing side by side outside. A place where the largest rainforest canopy in captivity looks down on the only cannabis plantation licensed for education in the UK.

The Biomes indoors and out contain over one million plants, more than 5,000 different species from around the world – some common and some rare.

The Core

The Core is the shape of a sunflower and the size of a spaceship. Opened in June 2006 and has already been listed in the top ten UK buildings for using renewable energy and is a masterpiece of function and aesthetics.

The Core takes its inspiration from nature. its unique roof is based on nature’s fundamental growth blueprint — opposing spirals of the Fibonacci sequence where every number is the sum of the previous two — 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34.

The Edge

The Edge represents the next evolution of Eden addressing the oncoming water crisis, the challenges in the supply of energy, and the impacts of these change to our climate. It is not a building about climate change; it is a building because of climate change.

It will look back to understand how people coped with change in the past: the great social transformations. It will look sideways at the people and plants who live on the Edge today… and the ingenious solutions they have come up with. And it will look forward to explore how people are facing up to the issues of today and tomorrow.

Telephone 01726 811911
Postcode PL24 2SG


Driving Directions from Dolbeare Park to Eden Project

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