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Exploring the Eden Project through John Dyer's Art: What to Know Before You Visit

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John Dyer at work painting the rainforest biome of the Eden Project in Cornwall for a live audience of nearly 5000 children from school around the world

Above: John Dyer at work painting the rainforest biome of the Eden Project in Cornwall for a live audience of nearly 5000 children from schools around the world as part of the Last Chance to Paint educational project the artist runs with Eden

Welcome to a world of wonder where art, nature, and adventure create an unforgettable experience. The Eden Project Cornwall offers a fresh perspective on the interconnectedness of our environment, allowing visitors to explore the enchanting biomes and gardens. Are you ready to immerse yourself in this fascinating world? Let’s embark on this journey together!

The Eden Project

  • The Eden Project Cornwall is a unique destination celebrated by art created by John Dyer, the Eden Project's Artist in Residence, in collaboration with the dedicated Eden Team.

  • It has achieved its ambitious vision of transforming an industrial crater into an educational and sustainable attraction featuring biomes, gardens and attractions suitable for all ages.

  • The project continues to expand globally through the upcoming Eden Project North in Morecambe, Lancashire and international expansions.

Discovering the Eden Project Cornwall through Art

John Dyer painting in the rainforest biome of the Eden Project in 2000
Above: John Dyer picture painting in the Humid Tropics Biome, now called Rainforest Biome, as it was being planted in the year 2001

Nestled in the picturesque county of Cornwall, the Eden Project has become a world-renowned visitor attraction and theme park. Boasting an incredible transformation from an industrial clay pit to a thriving global garden oasis, the Eden Project showcases a remarkable fusion of art, nature, and sustainability.

At the heart of this vibrant destination is the collaboration between the dedicated Eden Team and the talented Artist in Residence, John Dyer. John’s vivid and intricate paintings capture the essence of the biomes and gardens, providing visitors with a unique and visually stunning perspective on the project’s mission to foster a connection to nature.

The Eden Team and Artist in Residence John Dyer

The Eden Project is brought to life by a passionate team of over 500 personnel, working under the guidance of a Board of Executive Directors and a Non-executive Chairman. This dedicated group is committed to promoting a sustainable future and creating an inspiring visitor experience.

As Artist in Residence, John Dyer works closely with the Eden Team to convey the beauty of the Eden Project through his captivating artwork and his acclaimed Last Chance to Paint educational project that Eden Project partner with. John’s paintings feature the lush landscapes of the biomes and gardens and scenes from the surrounding Cornish countryside, providing a fresh and evocative perspective on the Eden Project’s mission.

Transforming an Industrial Crater

The Eden Project’s remarkable journey began in 1996 with the ambitious vision of transforming a disused china clay pit into a sustainable and educational attraction that fosters a connection to nature. The project, designed by Tim Smit and Jonathan Ball, opened its doors to the public on 17 March 2001 and has since become a beacon of environmental innovation and inspiration.

Visitors to the Eden Project can expect to explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest, the Mediterranean Biome and extensive outdoor gardens, all of which have been meticulously curated to provide an immersive and educational experience. With attractions such as the thrilling Hangloose Adventure, enriching educational programs, and the unforgettable Eden Sessions music performances, there is something for everyone at the Eden Project.

Exploring the Biomes and Gardens: The Art of John Dyer

A visit to the Eden Project is a journey through diverse landscapes, as portrayed in the vibrant artwork of John Dyer. His captivating paintings provide a unique perspective on the Eden Project’s biomes and gardens, allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty and complexity of these environments.

The Eden Project is home to two distinct biomes, the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome, both housed within structures made of thermoplastic ETFE, a material known for its thermal properties and resistance to stains. These incredible biomes and the enchanting Outdoor Gardens provide a perfect backdrop for John Dyer’s artwork, which captures the essence of the Eden Project’s mission to connect people with nature.

Rainforest Biome

The Rainforest Biome at Eden Project, the world’s largest indoor rainforest, is a true marvel of biodiversity. It is characterized by:

  • Towering evergreen trees

  • A lush array of plant life

  • High indoor waterfall

  • Warm average temperatures

  • Soil made onsite at the Eden project

  • A plethora of plant species and a few animal species including tree frogs and Roul-Roul birds. There are also many native birds like robins which have set up home in the biome.

This extraordinary biome creates an immersive environment, transporting visitors to a world far removed from the Cornish countryside.

One of the most remarkable features of the Rainforest Biome is the canopy walkway, a suspended path that allows visitors to explore the rainforest from above. This unique vantage point provides an unforgettable perspective on the rich biodiversity and intricate ecosystems that make up the rainforest environment, as captured in John Dyer’s vivid Eden Project prints and paintings.

Mediterranean Biome

The Mediterranean Biome transports visitors to a world of hot, dry summers and cool, humid winters, replicating the climate and landscape of the Mediterranean region. This biome is home to a diverse array of plant species, including:

  • Olive trees

  • Grapevines

  • Succulents

  • Pine Trees

  • Citrus trees

Within the Eden Project’s Mediterranean Biome, visitors can explore a picturesque vineyard, olive grove, and a selection of plants native to Mediterranean climates. John Dyer’s artwork captures the essence of this unique biome, providing visitors with a beautiful and engaging representation of the Mediterranean environment.

Outdoor Gardens

The Eden Project’s Outdoor Gardens present a beautiful collection of plants, including:

  • Tea

  • Lavender

  • Hops

  • Hemp

  • Sunflowers

Additionally, local plant species can also be seen in this garden. These gardens provide a tranquil setting for visitors to explore and appreciate the beauty of nature, with vibrant seasonal borders and artistic installations adding to the enchanting atmosphere. The unique blend of flora creates a chemical romance that further enhances the visitor’s experience.

Among the captivating sculptures in the Outdoor Gardens are a giant bee by Robert Bradford and Eve by Peter and Sue Hill, both visually striking and thought-provoking installations. John Dyer’s artwork captures these gardens' essence providing a unique and engaging perspective on the Eden Project’s commitment to connecting people with nature.

Attractions, Exhibitions and Activities for All Ages

The Eden Project offers a diverse range of attractions, exhibitions, and activities designed to entertain and inspire visitors of all ages at its visitor centre. With everything from adrenaline-pumping adventures to educational programs and unforgettable musical performances, the Eden Project provides everyone with a unique and engaging experience.

Whether exploring the awe-inspiring biomes and gardens, embarking on a thrilling outdoor adventure, or attending an unforgettable music performance, the Eden Project promises an incredible experience that will leave a lasting impression.

So why not gather your family and friends and embark on a journey of discovery, learning, and entertainment at this world-renowned attraction?

Hangloose Adventure

For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, the Hangloose Adventure at the Eden Project is a must-visit destination. Offering a range of exciting outdoor activities, including:

  • England’s fastest zipline

  • A tree-top aerial course

  • An airbag

  • A cliff swing

Hangloose Adventure promises an unforgettable experience for children, adults, and groups alike.

As a bonus, Eden Project members can enjoy a 10% discount on all Hangloose Adventure activities, making it even more appealing for those looking to make the most of their visit. So, why not embrace your adventurous side and experience the thrill of Hangloose Adventure while visiting the Eden Project?

Educational Programs

At the heart of the Eden Project’s mission is a commitment to education and fostering a connection to nature. The Core, an innovative educational facility, is designed to communicate Eden’s message of sustainability and environmental stewardship as an educational charity.


From workshops and talks to interactive exhibits and hands-on learning experiences, the educational programs at The Core cater to visitors of all ages and interests. Whether you want to expand your knowledge about the environment, learn about sustainable practices, or engage in a fun and educational experience, the Eden Project’s educational programs offer something for everyone.

Eden Sessions

The Eden Sessions are a series of summer music performances set against the stunning backdrop of the Eden Project’s biomes and gardens. The Eden Sessions provide a unique and unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages, featuring renowned artists from multiple musical genres, including the captivating Backbeat Soundsystem.

The 2023 Eden Sessions, organized by Bill Jefferson, will have some impressive headliners, including:

  • Lionel Richie

  • Yungblud

  • The War on Drugs plus Beth Orton

  • Jack Johnson

  • Incubus

  • Pet Shop Boys

  • Kasabian

  • Anne-Marie

  • The Who

Get ready for a musical extravaganza! With such an incredible lineup, the Eden Sessions promise to be a highlight of the summer season, making your visit to the Eden Project even more memorable.

Planning Your Visit: Tickets, Annual Passes, and More

Planning your visit to the Eden Project is a breeze, with various ticket options, annual passes, and transportation choices available. The admission fee for the Eden Project is considered a donation to their charitable cause, and general admission tickets also serve as annual passes, allowing you to enjoy unlimited access to the site throughout the year.

For those looking for additional benefits, membership for the Eden Project begins at £49 per year, providing exclusive discounts, priority booking, and a range of other perks. To secure the best value tickets for your visit, booking online is recommended and taking advantage of the various discounts available for young adults, students, and locals.

Ticket Information

The Eden Project offers a range of ticket options to suit every visitor, including single entry and annual passes. Ticket prices vary depending on age and status, with discounts available for young adults, students, and locals. To make the most of your visit, it is encouraged that you pre-book a time slot before your trip, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Visit the Eden Project's website for the most up-to-date information on ticket prices and available discounts. And don’t forget, Eden Project members are eligible for a 10% discount on all Hangloose Adventure activities, providing even more value for your visit!

Getting There

The Eden Project is easily accessible by a variety of transportation options. The most convenient method for reaching the Eden Project is to travel to St Austell station on the main GWR train line, from which local buses and taxis are available to transport you to the site.

If you prefer to drive, the Eden Project boasts an ample car park, ensuring a stress-free arrival and departure. With so many convenient transportation options available, planning your visit to the Eden Project is a breeze, allowing you to focus on the excitement of exploring this incredible destination.

Accommodation Options Near the Eden Project

After a day of adventure and discovery at the Eden Project, you’ll want a comfortable place to rest and recharge. Fortunately, there are a variety of accommodation options available near the Eden Project, including:

  • The official Eden Project accommodation

  • Hotels and bed and breakfasts in the nearby area

  • Self-catering cottages and apartments

  • Campsites and caravan parks

With these options, you can find the perfect place to stay and make the most of your visit to the Eden Project.

Whether you prefer the convenience of staying at the official Eden Project accommodation or the charm of a local bed and breakfast, a wide range of options suits every budget and preference. So why not extend your visit and explore the beautiful Cornish countryside with the Eden Project as your base?

Official Eden Project Accommodation

The official Eden Project accommodation, YHA, offers a variety of onsite lodging options to suit your needs. From cosy self-catering holiday accommodations to wild camping experiences during the popular Eden Sessions shows, there is something for everyone at YHA.

Please note that the YHA is temporarily closed until April 2023, but plenty of alternative accommodations are still available in the area. So whether you’re looking for a convenient base for your Eden Project visit or a unique camping experience during the summer concerts, the official Eden Project accommodation has you covered.

Alternative Accommodations

For those seeking alternative accommodations near the Eden Project, there are plenty of options, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. Some popular self-catering holiday accommodations in the area include Sykes Cottages, Watergate Bay, and Great Trethew Manor Hotel.

The nearby towns of Charlestown and St Austell offer a variety of hotels and bed and breakfasts, such as the Carlyon Bay Hotel, providing a comfortable and convenient base for your Eden Project visit. With so many accommodation choices available, you’re sure to find the perfect place to rest and recharge after a day of exploration.

Future Developments: Eden Project North and Beyond

The Eden Project continues to evolve and expand, with exciting future developments on the horizon. From the upcoming Eden Project North in Morecambe, Lancashire, to international expansions in countries like China, India, and New Zealand, the Eden Project’s mission to connect people with nature extends its global reach.

These future projects promise to bring the magic of the Eden Project to new audiences, providing unique opportunities for visitors to explore and learn about the natural world. With the continued growth of the Eden Project, there has never been a better time to plan your visit and experience this awe-inspiring attraction for yourself.

Eden Project North

The planned Eden Project North, set to open in 2024, will bring the wonder and excitement of the Eden Project to the seaside town of Morecambe, Lancashire.


  • Marine biomes

  • Gardens

  • Observatories

  • Performance spaces

Eden Project North will focus on the marine environment, providing visitors with a unique and engaging experience.

This exciting new development promises to be a major attraction for the North West, showcasing the Eden Project’s commitment to sustainability, education, and connection with nature. With its innovative design and focus on the marine environment, Eden Project North is set to become a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

International Expansions

The Eden Project is also exploring international expansions, with projects underway in Dundee Scotland, Australia, Columbia and Costa Rica which is a country Eden have sent John Dyer to paint in previous years. Each of these new locations will bring the unique experience of the Eden Project to a broader audience but in many different ways, fostering a connection with nature and promoting sustainability on a global scale.

With a focus on water and the global water cycle and its essential importance to civilization and nature, the Eden Project’s site in Qingdao, China, is set to open in 2023. These international expansions emphasize the Eden Project’s commitment to positively impacting our planet and inspiring future generations to care for our natural world.


The Eden Project Cornwall is a unique and awe-inspiring destination that offers a perfect blend of nature, art, and adventure. From exploring the enchanting biomes and gardens to experiencing adrenaline-pumping activities and unforgettable musical performances, there is something for everyone at the Eden Project. With exciting future developments and international expansions on the horizon, there has never been a better time to embark on a journey of discovery, learning, and entertainment at this world-renowned attraction. So why not start planning your visit today and experience the magic of the Eden Project for yourself?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Eden Project worth the money?

For those looking for a truly unique and memorable experience, the Eden Project is worth the money. It offers a chance to get close to nature and enjoy unforgettable experiences with family and friends, all in the comfort of a stunningly beautiful environment.

The Eden Project is a great way to explore nature's wonders and appreciate the natural world's beauty. Visitors can explore the rainforest, desert, and Mediterranean biomes.

How long does it take to walk around Eden Project?

You can easily take around four hours to walk around the Eden Project at a leisurely pace. The site provides many features to help visitors get the most out of their experience, with 30 acres of landscapes and activities to explore.

From the Mediterranean Biome to the Rainforest Biome, the Eden Project has something for everyone. There are interactive exhibits, educational talks, and guided tours to help visitors learn more about the world.

What is the Eden Project famous for?

The Eden Project has become world-renowned for its massive greenhouses in a crater the size of 30 football pitches, providing visitors with spectacular global gardens to explore.

It constantly evolves, offering something new and exciting to discover every visit.

How long do you need at the Eden Project?

A minimum of three hours - From exploring the two biomes, gardens and educational attractions to absorbing the awe-inspiring views from the domes, a visit to Eden requires a minimum of three hours.

To ensure you have enough time to explore everything, it is recommended that you plan for a more extended stay.

How many biomes are there in the Eden Project Cornwall?

The Eden Project Cornwall is home to two distinct biomes: the Rainforest Biome (humid tropics) and the Mediterranean Biome (warm temperate). Both offer a unique and unforgettable experience to visitors.

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