Eden Project Hotels
Hotels near the Eden Project allow you unprecedented access to the worlds most advanced microclimate attraction in the world. Encounter the world's smelliest flower or the plant that grows a metre per day. Soar through the record-breaking biome in a helium balloon or shake hands with the giant robot; there's no doubting that this is an attraction like no other. Nearby are miles and miles of sandy beach and Cornwall's foodie capital: Lostwithiel.
Things to do at the Eden Project
The world-famous, iconic structure of the Eden Project is constantly changing, with new projects and attractions opening every month. More than just a botanical garden, Eden will surprise, educate and astound. Explore the world's largest captive rainforest and zigzag through the steamy jungles, past the huge, crashing waterfall and reach new heights at the canopy lookout. Take to the skies on the Project's new Skywire, a brand-new 660m-long zip wire that glides over the huge biomes and the gardens below. Find out how olive oil is made in the slightly cooler Mediterranean Biome, go rock climbing or immerse yourself in stories from across the globe at a story-telling workshop.
Eden Project visitor tips
Eden is best not saved for a rainy day despite it appearing to be an indoor complex. Only a fifth of the space is covered so if it's raining you'll get pretty wet! Cyclists get £3 off the entry of the park but if that's not a feasible option there is plenty of car-park space. There's also a tractor-pulled land train for those unable to negotiate the long paths to the biome. Remember to wear layers as temperatures can reach up to 35 degrees in the rainforest dome but will plummet to zero if you decide to take to the ice on the Southwest's largest indoor ice rink!
Things to do around the Eden Project
Set in the heart of Cornwall, staying in an Eden Project hotel gives you access to the beautiful surrounding areas. Head to the coast and encounter the stunning sandy beaches and the best places to surf in the UK, including the famous Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay. If you want to experience more gardens that Cornwall has to offer, visit the tranquil Lost Gardens of Heligan which date back to the 1200's but were neglected after the First World War until Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project, launched a massive transformation project in 1990.
Although famous for the humble Cornish Pasty, abundant seafood and fine dining can be found at Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Padstow or Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant in Watergate Bay. There really are endless ways to sample the best Cornish cuisine if you're staying at a hotel near the Eden Project. Be sure to sample some of Cornwall's local delicacies like cream teas, with traditional Cornish clotted cream, locally brewed Scrumpy Jack cider and Cornish blue cheese. There are also a number of places to eat in the Eden complex itself, including the Eden Bakery which offers an array of delectable baked goods, the Mediterranean Café where tapas and stews are served alfresco style in the Mediterranean Biome or the Eden Café, the perfect place for a coffee.
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