Tips for rainy days

  • Arrive early to avoid queues: we can be very busy on wet days so arriving early may help you avoid any queues for the car parks. Our site opens at 9am, but most visitors tend to arrive between 11am and 1pm. Try to car share, if you can, or take the 101 bus service that runs from St Austell train station (if you arrive by bus, you’ll get discount on admission). 
  • Lots to enjoy indoors: our Biomes, Core building and the Stage structure (where much of our Earth Story programme is situated) are all undercover. The Biomes can get very busy so don’t miss some of our other indoor highlights such as the giant breathing Infinity Blue sculpture and Science Lab in the Core, the Earth Story immersive exhibition in the Stage, and the Ocean Exhibit in the building near our Orchard.
  • Eat at less busy times: The delicious food available on site is really popular so lunchtimes can get pretty busy. It’s worth noting that we serve hot food in our Kitchen and Streetfood in the Arena from midday until 6pm. Why not grab a snack, such as a classic afternoon Cornish cream tea, and then eat a larger meal later? It’s worth noting that we have lots of sheltered places to enjoy your food.
  • Try an evening meal in our Biome: to sidestep the lunchtime rush, you could arrive to enjoy an afternoon at Eden and then treat yourself to an evening meal at our Med Terrace restaurant inside the Mediterranean Biome. The restaurant is open daily, serving food from midday. Evening bookings are available for arrival between 5pm and 6.30pm, you can secure your table online before your visit or book with our restaurant team as you stroll around the Biome. The restaurant doesn’t close until 9pm so after dinner there’s plenty of time to relax and enjoy a glass of wine, cold beer or even a delicious jug of sangria with friends before heading home. We even have a courtesy bus to take you back to your vehicle.

Tips for sunny days

  • Enjoy fantastically fun play equipment: let your kids loose on the Minibeast MansionNest, the Log and much more!
  • Explore our gloriously unusual gardens: walk the miles of paths with surprises round every corner across 35 acres of Outdoor Gardens that cover the steep slopes around the side of the  Eden pit, including: Global Gardens and Wild Cornwall.
  • Marvel at our beautifully strange outdoor sculptures: among the plants, meet the likes of Eve and our Giant Bee.
  • Prepare for the heat: remember to slap on some suncream as there is a risk of sunburn even inside the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes. On hot days, it's also a good idea to hang up your coat in the cloakroom in our Link building before going into the Rainforest Biome. And bring a water bottle with you, which you can fill with free Cornish tap water from one of our refill stations around the site. 
  • Shelter in all weathers: If the weather is mixed, you can still enjoy our Outdoor Gardens, as there are several places where you can shelter from showers.

'Very enjoyable, we had good weather. But it would still have been good in the rain. You seem to have all the bases covered.'

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