The Eden Project

The Eden Project

  • Attraction
  • Culture

Located 3 miles from the town of St. Austell in Cornwall, the Eden project is an incredibly popular tourist attraction themed on ecology and the natural world. 

Two enormous glass constructions (or 'biomes') sit at the bottom of an old mining pit and each feature a different environment filled with plants and natural life.  The biomes are themselves a marvel of engineering, made up of hundreds of inflated plastic cells, resembling something similar to the eye of an insect.

The Tropical Biome measures 55m high, 100m wide, and 200m long. It houses tropical plants, such as coffee, rubber, giant bamboo, and banana plants which thrive in a carefully regulated environment, where moisture and temperature are kept at an optimal rate. Here you can experience a tropical rainforest on a small scale. 

The slightly smaller Mediterranean Biome houses over 1000 varieties of plant which live in warm and arid conditions, including olives and grape vines. Inside the Biome are also various sculptures and works of art. 

There are many more things to see at the Eden Project: even more sculptures, including a giant bee, outdoor gardens, England's longest zipwire and even (in the winter) an ice rink!

With so much to do and learn about, the Eden Project is a perfect place for school groups to have a wonderful experience of nature.

Key Points
  • The Eden Project has more than 135,000 plants and 4,500 different species.
  • The Rainforest Biome covers 16,000m²  and is 50m high. The Eden Project needed 230 miles of scaffolding to build the biomes - which meant that the Eden Project gained entry into the Guiness Book of Records. 
  • 83,000 tonnes of soil was made onsite to house over 135,000 plants in the biomes. 

The Eden Project