at a fraction of the cost of going the the eden project this was great value. the jungle gardens are absolutely stunning and i had no end of things to photograph. about half of the way round we were wishing we had bought the guide though as my parents wanted to know information about some of the plants and areas. i think time of year will vary your experience and i'm looking forward to returning in the spring. i can safely say autumn is great there. the cafe was lovely and i had the soup, it wasn't even as ridiculously priced as some tourist locations. we spoke to one of the horticulturists who told us the plants grown are used in the cafe or fed to the animals who are used in the cafe. we had a tea, then we did the jungle then lunch, then the other side with the vegetable gardens. this was good because then we got the better light in the jungle for photography. there are lots of steep hills and we literally walked miles so wear good shoes if you plan on doing proper exploring. there are also less hilly paths around things. i was disappointed the crystal grotto was just an indent with no crystals, but a sign said it was being renovated so i look forward to seeing it finished given the standard of the other amazing renovation work. i would do this again over eden if it was not raining, and then maybe even if it was raining.
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