Having always wanted to visit The Eden Project I was extremely excited to finally be visiting on 02/09/14, along with my 2 year old son and parents.
We parked in the Plum car park and started what turned out to be quite a long walk down to the entrance. We discovered that the car parks are all a bit of a walk away so there's a regular park and ride bus available if you don't fancy the stroll.
The entrance is very spacious with clean toilets and baby change facilities. The toilets are rain water flushing which I think is great, and the baby change has a poster advertising the benefits of cloth nappies so big thumbs up from me!
We decided to grab a bite to eat before entering so stopped in the cafe for pastys (it is Cornwall after all) and coffee, and a lunch bag for my son which cost £6 and came with a sandwich and some organic snacks and drink. My son had a great time watching "Plant Takeaway" an educational show about what would happen if there were no plants in the world.
After fueling ourselves we paid our entry which was £23.50 per adult which includes a card which you can activate for free entry for the year.
Walking outside we were greeted by the big wow, the famous view of the biomes which really is breathtaking.
Our visit to Eden was one breathtaking moment after another, seeing the sculptures especially the one made of trash, the huge array of plants, experiencing the tropical rainforest, seeing a constructed emergency shelter and my favourite place of all, the med biome.
I've always loved Mediterranean gardens so the med biome was always destined to be my highlight. The indoor gardens are beautiful, full of plants and sculptures, and an "outdoor" style restaurant. We wandered around and came across a central area with a man who turned out to be pollinator Dave Webb singing the most beautiful song about climate change and reincarnation. My son was overdue a nap so had been getting frustrated. He instantly calmed at the sound of Daves beautiful singing, the lyrics brought a tear to my eye, and my parents were both quiet for possibly the first time in my life. How they've managed to turn such a massive man made tourist attraction into such a peaceful beautiful place is truly amazing.
Afterwards we headed out for ice cream and hit the souvenir shop and plant shop. The shop has a great selection of Eco friendly products so take your purse! I was happy to get some new bamboo cooking utensils amongst other things. As Eden Project is a charity I was able to shop guilt free!
There was a lot of Eden that we didn't see on this visit due to my son being tired and us arriving late, however we went back 3 days later with our free passes and had an equally great time, going on the tractor ride twice and being amazed at the Dinosaurs Unleashed experience where my son got to meet a T-Rex!
Eden project is an amazing an educational day out. Visitors will come away inspired, planning their gardens, and having had a fantastic day out.
I'm already planning a trip back for Halloween and can't recommend Eden Project enough.
Nice Mum Stars *****