Unlike many attractions in Cornwall it is relatively simple to visit Eden on public transport. The bus from St Austell station is clearly marked and advertised (if a little expensive at £6 return) Our bus broke down on route on monday. The driver was very friendly and kept us informed of the situation. After a 25 minute wait we were transferred to another bus (rival company free of charge) and after a mystery tour of St Austell and surrounding villages arrived somewhat thirsty and ready for lunch at Eden.
I have visited many times in the past as my family live in cornwall. Always something new too see. A wonderful creative place that always inspires me to reduce, re-use and re-cycle.
Yes the admission price is high but not when you bear in mind that you can spend ALL day and still not see everything. Plants are seasonal that is the very nature of nature, so there will always be beds that are being replanted.
The canteen is simple and functional, whats up with that! I love that I can help myself to as many potatoes/salad as I wish. Less food waste and people feel satisfied with their portion. I have food allergies and all the meals were clearly marked gluten/dairy content. The lemon and ginger gluten free cake was to die for!!!
I didnt find the building work distracting in the slightest and there was an interesting bohemian gentleman in the Mediterranean biome that was playing guitar and this added to the restful and serene atmosphere. In fact if there had been some comfy sofas/cushions I may have had a siesta!!
The attraction by its nature contains a great deal of walking so it would be nice if there was some sort of motorised tour so that less able bodied people could enjoy more of the attraction. The land train back up the hill is an absolute essential after a long day and it even slowed down so we could take photos from the vantage point.
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