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St. Austell, Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK)|www.edenproject.com|
The Eden Project has transformed an old china clay pit into a spectacular global garden.
Gigantic ‘biomes’ – futuristic conservatories, one of which is the largest conservatory in the world – house different climatic zones (tropical, Mediterranean, temperate), which work in tandem to explain the evolution of Man’s relationship with plants.
Constructed from hexagonal panels that clip together like a giant Meccano set, the vast and remarkable biomes are entirely self-supporting (with no internal supports) and built using a thermoplastic that repels dirt and helps maintain a consistent environment within.
There’s also specially commissioned art, summer concerts, winter ice-skating and – the latest addition – England’s longest zip wire, with remarkable views across the whole complex.
The Skywire, England’s longest and fastest zip wire, sends visitors right over the biomes for a unique and exhilarating perspective on the site. Also look out for the new aerial rainforest canopy walkway.
Getting there & doing it
The Eden Project is close to St. Austell; the gardens are well signposted from the main roads and there is free parking. St. Austell train station is 3 miles away.
At time of writing, you have to buy tickets in advance for an allocated time slot. Check the website for updates and to book tickets.
The attraction is self-guided, with maps available to download from the website.
When to do it
The project is open all year round, seven days a week.
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