YHA Eden Project YHA
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.
The Owner Says
Our favourite spot
Tents – yes. Campervans, caravans, trailer tents, dogs – no.
The local area
The Eden Project (01726 811911) is on the doorstep of course! The 2 indoor biomes – Rainforest and Mediterranean – are fascinating and there’s plenty going on in the ‘outdoor biome’ too, with 13 hectares of garden containing almost 2000 plant species. Elsewhere, you can enjoy a beer tour at the award-winning St Austell Brewery (0845 2411122), 4 miles away, or, just down the road, visit the Mid Cornwall Galleries (01726 812131) where they exhibit and sell some of the finest contemporary arts and crafts in the West Country. For most, though, its the multiple beaches along the coast and the gorgeous Fowey Estuary that are the main draw – just 15 minutes by car.
Best local places to eat and drink
You can grab a hearty breakfast in the hostel for £5.25 (served from 8–11am) – it includes two freshly baked pastries, one piece of fruit, one fruit juice and one hot drink. You need to order in advance, though. There's also a light snack menu, a small range of microwave meals to cook on-site and a licensed bar with a selection of hot and cold drinks is available. Other food and drink is available from within the Eden grounds during standard opening hours.
Why stay with us?
The main hostel building is a 100m walk away but there is a separate heated shower and toilet block for exclusive use by people camping. There are no electrical hook-ups and campfires are not permitted. BBQs are allowed provided they are raised off the grass. Tea, coffee and food options are sold in an onsite shop and also available in the hostel itself (see food and drink), where there is WiFi, a drying room and cycle storage.
234 guests in 60 en-suite bedrooms made from shipping containers, plus wild camping and bell tents.
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.
Hostel open all year; campsite open June–September only.
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.
The nearest coach stop is St Blazey Gate, 1 mile away. The 101 bus runs from St Austell Train Station (0845 748 4950) to the Eden Project during the day – if you are arriving in the evening you can book a taxi to YHA Eden Project. The 101 bus stop is a 15 minute walk away from the site.
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