Never have I been more in my element than the Rainforest dome at the Eden Project. Last week I took a trip to plymouth to visit my BFFs and we took a daytrip there. Honestly it's been a plant paradise on my bucket list forever (next up Kew!) and I was very excited to soak in the greenery.
£25 gets you an ANNUAL PASS to wander the jungly loveliness of the domes and gardens, so naturally I'll be back. And, naturally, I took hundreds of pictures.
First up we headed down to the domes, grabbed a cream tea to get us going and visited the Rainforest dome - think Monstera, Banana Leaf and Ficus PARADISE. Many a boomerang of us scaling the bridge through the 'canopy' and walking through steam was taken. You can also head up to a viewing platform right at the top of the dome, but unfortunately we missed out on timings because the staff have to come down, chug a pint of water and recover due to it being so hot up there. Definitely on my radar for next time. This dome was almost enough to convince me I'd like to go on a rainforest holiday, until I remembered the distinct lack of mosquitos and GIANT SPIDERS in the dome-version. I'll stick to cornwall, thanks.
Next stop was the Mediterranean dome which amplified the british sun and made me feel like I was on holiday. Here there is some SERIOUS cacti action. Nice. You can even get MARRIED in here. I know, I know.
Here's where we pause to talk about THE FOOD. Usually tourist attractions such as these are a little dire in way of food, but the selection of salads, burritoes and doorstep-sliced sandwiches were pretty amazing (as were the help-yourself style cream teas. No tiny pots of jam here) for £8-ish I got an enormous plate of smoky sweetcorn and tofu fritters, with green harissa mayonnaise, brown rice, and an enormous salad. What with free entry for the rest of the year, it's genuinely tempting to pop back in just to be able to eat it again.
Then, we took a stroll through the rest of the gardens, grabbed the mandatory ice cream, before exiting through the gift shop - which sold a fairly exciting array of plants (bananas!! and air plants!!) and a lot of beautiful books (maybe they'll be interested in House Jungle?)
Thanks for having us Eden! We'll most definitely be back for more plant-snaps and salads ASAP.