Our trip to the Eden Project with kids in Cornwall was gifted to Well Travelled Munchkins. All words, photos and opinions are our own.
My husband and I first visited the Eden Project on our first ever holiday together back in 2010. Ten years later we got the chance to go back and take our three kids with us to explore the iconic Biodomes and the worlds largest rainforest in captivity!
Eden Project with Kids – The History
The Eden Project was started in 1995 and built in the remains of an old clay pit. From start to finish the Eden Project took six years to complete. It finally opened it’s doors for the first time in 2001.
The Eden Project even put itself in the Guinness Book of World Records for the 230 miles of scaffolding used to build Eden’s Biodomes!
The Eden Project is registered as an educational charity and uses the entrance fee to help fund research and maintain the site.
Eden Project and Covid
Eden has put in place several safeguarding measures to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe visit. These include:
- Admission only through pre-booked tickets to control the numbers of people visiting.
- Social distancing encouraged everywhere, which everyone was very respectful of. This included staggered entry into the Biodomes. This means you may have to wait in line for a maximum of 10 minutes.
- Masks to be worn inside at all times, including inside the Biodomes.
- One way system around the site – don’t worry, nothing gets missed!
- Pre-book tickets for any extras. We visited in October and there was a fantastic ice rink inside the stage!
Things to do at the Eden Project with Kids
Bidomes – Rainforest
The best thing about the Eden Project is the Biodomes!
They have not only become iconic to the Eden Project, but are impressive to look at and even more exciting to be inside!
Our favourite was the Rainforest Biodome. The world’s largest rainforest in captivity! It is the largest Biodome out of the two and there is so much to discover for adults and children alike!
There is a great rope bridge, which is always good fun for everyone involved. There’s also an impressive array of plants and trees and various tropical fruits to spot and educate yourselves and your kids on too!
We learnt what ginger and rice plants looked like and we showed the kids a cocoa pod. We then tried to explain to them that this is where chocolate came from… we blew their minds!
I also really enjoyed that there were opportunities to discuss some of the ways we need to look after our planet with our children.
The first of these was looking at the harmful effects of co2 emissions, and the second was the devastating effects of rainforest deforestation. We talked about what it means for the world and for those that depend on the rainforest. It was a chance for them to ask questions and a excuse for us to teach them about the world they live in.
I definitely think they got so much more out of the Eden Project than simply looking around some plants. When we visited the Eden Project with kids, our children were five and two and were completely emerged in everything that was going on!
Biodomes – Mediterranean
The Mediterranean Biodome was smaller, however, my husband actually enjoyed it more. I wonder if it had anything to do with the beautiful taverna style cafe where you could enjoy a little adult beverage whilst taking in the ambiance of feeling like you were on holiday somewhere in the Med?
There is a mini vineyard where you can learn about Dionysus (Greek god of wine) and a fast array of chillies! (My husband is also a massive fan of spicy food.)
Eden Project with Kids – Accessibility
Whilst visiting the Eden Project with kids, all areas are very accessible for those of us with prams and pushchairs. The only stairs you will need to contend with are those at the end of the rope bridge in the rainforest Biodome. If this is an issue for you, you can choose to miss out the rope bridge all together.
There were lots of designated places for families to picnic around the Eden Project. This is especially good news when visiting the Eden Project with kids. A picnic offers so much more freedom to enjoy the day on your own terms. We are also big fans of a good picnic!
There is a cafe in between the two Biodomes if you did want to get something hot to eat or just a coffee and a cake.
Shopping at the Eden Project
There is a huge gift shop at the end of your one way journey and a small nursery where you could even pick up your very own plant to take home.
Overall our visit to the Eden Project with kids was really very good! It was something we all enjoyed together. No one said they were bored, no one complained, we had no problems. We were all keen to see everything, however, not at the expense of what we were experiencing in the moment.
I’d love to have dinner in the taverna in the Mediterranean Biodome the next time we visit!