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How Big is the Eden Project, Cornwall, England
In trying to answer the question of How Big is the Eden Project, the answer isn't as straight forward as it would seem.
The site on which the Eden Project sits is a disused clay pit in Cornwall, England, along with the surrounding countryside.
The approach to the Eden Project is quite open land, although because of the rolling countryside of Cornwall you can't see anything until the last moment.
The boundary of the Eden Project gives way to a long road - either side of which are spacious car parks. From the car park you can take the free park and ride buses down to the visitor centre at the top of the pit. It's not far to walk, being just a few hundred yards, which many people choose to do.
At the visitor centre of the Eden Project there's a cafe and a shop and the usual visitor facilities. At this point though, you're still not inside the Eden Project itself. You still have to descend into the clay pit.
Eden Project, Cornwall, England
Going from the visitor centre at the top of the clay pit can be done via one of two steady walkways, or you can catch the free landtrain.
Once you're at the bottom you're not at the Eden Project site itself. Here you'll find the two massive, world-breaking, biomes, the education centre - and the large stage area where music events and ice skating are put on at various times of the year. Between these structures there are all types of gardens to admire.
If you just look at how big the Eden Project biomes are - they're not exceedingly large. Certainly under an hour's stroll to cover them both.
I've taken a look at the plot and if you include the company/staff areas and approach roads, the total size of the Eden Project seems to be 100 acres. Below are some of the parts of the Eden Project, showing external measurements. Internally they'll be a little smaller of course due to requiring space for plant/equipment and staff areas.
- The car parks occupy about 19-20 acres.
- From the visitor centre to the base of the clay pit, where the biomes and other structures are, and including the gardens, seems to be about 28 acres.
- The Tropical Forest biome occupies about 3.8 acres
- The smaller Mediterranean Zone biome occupies about 1.6 acres.
These figures assume that the Eden Project doesn't own any of the surrounding land - as I've just measured where I know the access roads, car parks and actual Centre are. It is therefore possible they own some further land outside of this central 100 acres.
Google Streetview in the Eden Project
The Eden Project is not something you can drive around in a car. You park at the top and make your way down into a Cornish clay pit.
When Google Streetview sent its cars around the UK, it therefore didn't have access to the Eden Project - BUT - you can use Google Streetview to see INSIDE the Eden Project as they manually took cameras around the whole place.
To view the Eden Project on Google Streetview, simply go to http://maps.google.co.uk and type in the postcode of PL242SG and zoom in. You'll see the little orange man just above the zoom slider - drag him onto one of the biomes and you're magically transported right inside the Eden Project and can use the arrows to move around and look for yourself.
Photo of the Eden Project taken by Laurie Cate using a Sony DSC S600