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Go and explore this giant hothouse with its modern domes rising out of the Cornwall countryside, filled with plants from all over the world, ranging from the tropical rainforests to the Mediterranean climates. A great place to learn about nature in a fun, interactive way, not matter what time of year you visit.

Best for: Ages 3 and up

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What to Expect:


  • Advance tickets
  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Educational
  • Family tickets
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
  • Open year-round
  • Special events
  • Public transport
  • Pay on day
 

What to do

Head to the Forest Biome to experience the rainforest conditions and natural offerings you’d find in Malaysia, West Africa and South America, including a banana plantation. Take to the the skies on the Canopy Walkway where you walk across the Biome to get an alternative view of what goes on.

Take a journey through the Mediterranean Biome to find out how the food we eat is grown or discover the types of plants you may see on your family holidays.

Experience the thrill of wind in your hair and the most fantastic views below on the adrenaline-fuelled SkyWire zip wire; Englands longest and fastest. Or why not try out the Gravity: giant swing or Big Air freefall jump. All suitable for children aged 8 years and over and additional costs apply.

Take kids to The Core, Eden’s Education Centre, where children’s workshops, exhibitions, talks and events take place, including den-building in summer and ice-skating in winter. It is also home to The Seed, a 300-million-year-old hunk of Cornish granite, thought to be the largest sculpture in history to be made from a single piece of rock.

Seek out the imaginative children’s play areas dotted around, keep an ear cocked for the impromptu storytelling sessions, and hunt out the trails with their hideaways, stepping stones and sandpits.

During the winter months, an ice rink comes to the Eden Project as does the winter festival where kids can meet Santa and his elves.

Check out the ‘What’s on’ page for events throughout the year and in school holidays. And sign up to the Eden Project newsletter for updates on kids and family events.

Where to stay

See our Cornwall guide to family-friendly hotels and accommodation in the area, or why not stay on-site at YHA Eden Project.

When

Opening times are daily May–December generally from 9am-6pm. The Biomes open approximately an hour later and tend to close half an hour before the Eden Project closing time.

How

The Eden Project encourages visitors to come by public transport where feasible, with their Directions page listing walking and cycling routes, bus and train services, and car-share schemes. If you do come by car, the Project is well-signposted from the A30 from Exeter and the A391/390 from Plymouth, and there is lots of free parking on-site.

Eat

There are several on-site eateries using seasonal and local produce, but you can also picnic here. Kids are well catered for in the selection of cafes and restaurants (some of which are only open during the school holidays), from pizzas and burgers to pick-and-mix packed lunches, plus an ice cream parlour. 

Cost

Family tickets for 2 adults and 2 children will set you back £69 on the door, £7 less with online advance booking (children under 4 go free). Those who arrive on foot or by bike get a massive discount – a family ticket is just £53 and if you arrive after a certain time on summer days when the attraction is open later, discounts also apply.

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