Just down the road from the ancient stone circles of Bodmin Moor is the Eden Project, a place that looks like it came straight out of a sci-fi novel with bubble-like biome domes composed of hexagons and surrounded by over 20 acres of gardens.
Step into the rainforest biome and suddenly you are surrounded by the heat, humidity, sights and sounds of the rainforest. If it wasn’t for the dome visible overhead you would think you’d been suddenly transported to Southeast Asia, West Africa or Tropical South America.
Entering the Mediterranean Biome, the cooler air smells of thyme and jasmine and paths meander through various gardens from the Mediterranean, South Africa and even California. At the centre of the dome is a terrace where you can grab a bite to eat or listen to old-fashioned storytelling.
The outside gardens feature a myriad of plants from around the world that don’t need a dome. Amazingly, the outdoor gardens and the biomes are located in what was, 20 years ago, a huge sterile china clay pit.