YHA Eden Project YHA

UK England South West England Cornwall St. Austell

Simple tent camping pitches right by the entrance of Cornwall's world famous Eden Project
The idea of camping at the world famous Eden Project may spark dreams of pitching a tent among a jungle of tropical plants but, alas, this YHA campsite – the closest campsite to the attraction – is still located outside the official entrance gates. So while you can’t swing from Tarzan-type climbers you can still pitch a tent within walking distance of the tropical biome – the most popular of the four huge, football-like structures that have made the place an architectural icon.

Located just outside the YHA Eden Project hostel, this small but excellent campsite is deliberately on the more rudimentary end of the spectrum. Caravans and campervans are not allowed, there are no electrical hook-ups and a small shower and toilet block are located alongside a little shop selling the essentials. Cars are also restricted to a specific parking area alongside the grassy meadow, so the field itself really is a tents-only space. The ‘wild camping’ style, though, suits the setting on the doorstep of such a nature-focused attraction and, though there is an obvious slope to the meadow, the vehicle ban keeps the ground good for pitching a tent.

For most, camping here is a one- or two- night stay as you take in the main event (tickets for the Eden Project attractions can all be bought on-site at a discounted price). But, if you plan on heading further afield, there’s plenty more on offer. This is Cornwall, after all! It’s a mere three miles to a trio of beaches in Carlyon Bay and less than ten miles to The Lost Gardens of Heligan in the west and the Lanhydrock estate and Restormel Castle to the east.

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The Owner Says

The perfect campsite for visiting the world famous Eden Project attraction. This back-to-basics tent campsite is located just outside the YHA hostel, from where visitors can walk to the Eden Project. The style is 'semi-wild' camping, with no cars allowed onto the camping field, no electrical hook-ups and a tents-only policy (sorry, no caravans or campervans). Please note, the camping field is slopey in parts, but is not bothersome for most visitors, who tend to only stay for a night or two to visit the Eden Project. If you plan on staying longer and heading further afield, there’s plenty more on offer. It’s three miles to the beaches at Carlyon Bay and less than ten miles to The Lost Gardens of Heligan in the west and the Lanhydrock estate and Restormel Castle to the east.

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I stayed here for two nights on a visit to the Eden Project with my other half. Great location right by the gates to the Eden Project so super convenient if you want to make the most of your time there. We got up late and were still one of the first people into the place and had a nice quiet time there in the morning before it got too busy. Easily enough at the Eden project to fill a whole day. Camping area is just a grassy space but we liked that it was tents-only. Not loads of caravans around etc. Would recommend if you're visiting the Eden Project.
Aug 10, 2016 by Sam Hamerson

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