the eden project

the eden project

this place doesn’t need too much of and introduction or explanation, it’s fabulousness is world-famous. but just incase it has slipped you by here’s a short overview of what it is all about.

the eden project is located in a reclaimed kaolinite pit, in-between st blazey and st austell, in cornwall.

there are two HUGE enclosures of adjoining domes, called biomes that are the home to thousands of different plant species.  each dome emulates a particular environment. the first being tropical and the second mediterranean. lets not forget that the whole of the outside is also biome featuring over 80 exhibits.

in addition there is a building called the core which is the eden projects education centre, packed full of interactive displays for both children and adults.

construction of the site took 2 1/2 years to complete and opened to the public on the 17th march 2001.

so that’s that, if you didn’t know about the eden project now you do and if you did, well a recap doesn’t hurt!

here is some of our visit in photos

with so many beautiful flowers to photograph, i decided to try out the macro option on my camera, and for the first time on manual too! not too bad for first go i thought, work in progress, practise makes perfect right?

flower 3flower 1   flower 2

flower 6
flower 4    flower 5    flower 7succulent 2

both indoors and outdoors are peppered with brilliant sculptures and displays, here are just a few

sculpture 2    sculpture 1    bloody big beetotems

this balloon actually functions! it takes the gardeners up to the canopy, how epic!balloonsculpture 4

ronnie really enjoyed exploring eden, i must admit i was worried we might lose him, but he understood how big the place was and we would often find him waiting patiently for us to catch up. sometimes it wasn’t so easy to see where he was waiting! he he

short cut   monkey hut

waitinghiding 1           hiding 2

heights and me don’t get on, and i didn’t think mr HPMcQ loved them either but he braved the aerial sky deck. he lasted seconds before he shot back down! aerial walkwayafter all the excitement of exploring the biomes we grabbed an ice-cream and then headed over to the creative area where i thrashed mr HPMcQ at downfall and made a crown and a felt mouse with ronnie. we had a most excellent day.

spot of crafting          quick break


  1. January 6, 2014 / 13:24

    I have never been, but really want to visit. Hopefully going to get a family break to cornwall this year, so will make sure we are near enough to spend the day here!

    • January 10, 2014 / 21:05

      oh you must go, you must. book in advance though as you get discount if you do, it’s quite pricey, but the amount of work that must go into looking after this place must be huge!

  2. January 6, 2014 / 15:31

    Stunning photos, this looks really magical. Just seeing the different plants you would never guess it’s in the UK x

    • January 10, 2014 / 21:05

      well it is the uk but in a giant biome, which is really hot!

  3. January 6, 2014 / 16:44

    DH and I went to the Eden Project years ago and loved it: we’ll take the girls back one day I am sure. I saw your stream of photos on Instagram with total envy though, so may be sooner rather than later.

    • January 10, 2014 / 21:09

      it’s great for exploring and there’s craft and other activities to do, so you can break the day up a little. your girls will love it x

  4. January 6, 2014 / 19:33

    Ooh we loved going years ago – particularly were in impressed by the “junk modelling” out of washing machines and other white goods – huge scultpures showing annual waste!

    • January 10, 2014 / 21:10

      it’s a really inventive place, this was our third time. everytime different x

  5. January 6, 2014 / 21:08

    When we are next down, we must go there, it looks like paradise!! Gorgeous photos, and the one of Ronnie, wow gorgeously handsome chap!

  6. January 6, 2014 / 21:32

    We went to the Eden Project when we were in Cornwall for our first wedding anniversary – before children. I’d love to go back with them now.

    • January 10, 2014 / 21:13

      the first time i went was just oliver and i. we took ronnie when he was about 2 but didn’t really get it, and attention is short then too. he is now 5 and really enjoyed it, you should go x

  7. January 6, 2014 / 22:06

    Looks wicked there! Never been but so want to go this year. Beautiful photos – that first one makes it look like a model village. Ronnie is growing fast! x

    • January 10, 2014 / 21:15

      oh your photos will be epic! hope you do go can’t wait to see them x

  8. January 7, 2014 / 11:16

    We have never been. In fact my boys have never even been to Cornwall. You do make it look/sound like a place I ought to take them. Mind you could make anything look stunning I think.

    • January 10, 2014 / 21:16

      i’m not sure i could make anything look stunning, i think i’ve just had good luck with stunning places presenting themselves to me!

  9. January 9, 2014 / 14:35

    I would love to visit there, feeling even more inspired seeing all your pictures 🙂 x

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