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How to visit the Eden Project without a car

by Kat

The ethos of the Eden Project is to help education us in how to better protect the environment, so if you’re staying in Cornwall, and are able to, you should consider getting there by public transport – especially considering how easy it is!

Travelling to the Eden Project by public transport

Cornwall is well connected by train thanks to the Great Western Railway line, which runs all the way from London Paddington to Penzance. Many of the stations on the main line connect with other trains running to different areas of Devon and Cornwall so it’s not too difficult to get around to most of the major towns and attractions without a car.

TRAIN: If you want to get to the Eden Project then you need to travel to St Austell station on the main GWR train line. If you’re travelling up from a station between Penzance and St Austell the trains are fairly frequent as you can get the service to London or Plymouth. The easiest way to find out how much your train ticket will cost and book is via Trainline.

BUS: When you reach St Austell station following the signs on the platform to the buses. The buses stop directly outside the front of the station ticket office. You’ll see a number of different bus bays and an electronic board telling you which bay to go to for your bus. Look for the D5 to Eden Project and go to the bay directed (I believe it’s usually stop B). A return ticket will cost you £7.50. Don’t worry about knowing exactly when to get off the bus, it’ll be obvious as the bus stops in the Eden Project car park – in fact it’s unlikely it’ll stop anywhere else on route! The journey is about 20 minutes so factor this and the train journey in when booking your timed tickets (more info below).

For the return journey alight the bus in the same place that you were dropped off.

Do I need to book tickets for the Eden Project?

At the time of writing (June 2021) pre-booking is essential. There are a limited number of people allowed to enter at any one time due to Covid so you have to book a timed entry slot on the Eden Project website. You need to arrive within 30 minutes of the time on your ticket – if you arrive earlier you might not be admitted until your entry time. Once inside you can stay for as long as you like. You can find all the admission prices on the website but be warned it is a little pricey to enter. An adult ticket in the summer months is £32.50, and in the summer holidays this goes up to £35.00.

Your ticket is essentially an Annual Pass, which means you can visit again as many times as you like in a year for free. This makes the tickets good value if you’re a local but not so good if you’re a one-off visitor, which most tourists are likely to be.

What is there to see?

The star attractions are the biomes – the iconic glass domes you immediately think of whenever someone says “Eden Project”. There are two, the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome.

Rainforest Biome is the larger of the two biomes and is the largest indoor rainforest in the world. It contains over 1000 species of plant from the Tropical Islands, Southeast Asia, West Africa and South America. Other highlights include a canopy walkway and a full-size waterfall!

Stepping into the Mediterranean Biome is immediately like being transported to Italy or Greece, with its white walls and olive tress in abundance. That being said there’s more to see in here beyond Europe… there are also species from other areas of the globe with a Mediterranean climate including South Africa, California and Western Australia.

Aside from the biomes, there are also the outdoor gardens, indoor exhibition spaces and – if you’re feeling really adventurous – you can get a unique view of the site on England’s longest and fastest zipwire.

Have you visited the Eden Project? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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