The perfect place from which to experience the Eden Project, with a range of high-grade budget accommodation to suit both couples and families.
Bodelva Cornwall PL24 2SG 01629 592 700
If you've ever visited the Eden Project and wondered how nice it would be to wake up there, you will be pleased to know that the YHA is now the official accommodation provider for what is one of the country's top attractions, with a hostel and a campsite with both tent-only pitches and ready-erected bell tents for glamping enthusiasts. The hostel can accommodate well over 200 people in 58 en-suite rooms fashioned out of shipping containers. Rooms are equipped with TVs, free wifi and come in sizes that can accommodate everyone from single travellers to families. Camping is proper camping, that is to say deliberately rudimentary – tent-only (no campervans or caravans), no electrical hook-ups, and with a small shower and toilet block and on-site shop. But they do also cater for for those after a little bit more luxury, with a selection of cosy bell tents for glamping enthusiasts, which can accommodate up to four people and have a wood-burner inside.
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Private rooms from £29 a night for one person; en-suite 2-person 'snoozeboxes' go for £59–£65 during summer; en-suite family or 4-person 'snoozeboxes' £89–£95. Camping starts at £12 a night; bell tents £79–£99 a night.
- YHA hostels
The Eden Project is situated just outside St Austell and is well signposted from the A30 from Exeter and the A391/390 from Plymouth. Follow the M5 southbound to Exeter before taking the A30 and continuing until you reach the Innis Downs junction (A391), from where the Eden Project is signposted. Once here, those staying overnight should report initially to the 'Service Gate' entrance.
Hostel open all year; campsite open June–September only.