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"Interesting but lacking soul.…"
Definitely a whole day activity! Obviously, the best place to see what it's like would be it's website. I'll try to stick to the stuff that won't be on there.
Easy to find and park. The view from the rim of the site is amazing. The domes are the stars. The Mediterranean biome is coolish but the tropical one can get REALLY HOT particularly towards the top. They have a cool room halfway round, and lots of drinking fountains with tap to fill up your water bottles. It was about 25 degrees outside when I went, but it was so hot inside they had to close the viewing platform near the ceiling. Really does transport you to the jungle!
The outside is full of interesting stuff. Some of it is getting a bit tatty and worn out. There are some rope fences where the rope has disintegrated, and there are several areas that need replanting or major overhauls. Expect to see plenty of barriers to keep you away from stuff that needs fixing.
The beds are interesting and many look beautiful, but the biggest problem with the whole site is the lack of 'feeling'. I think it's because it was designed from scratch to look good at a distance. You look at it and think "that's interesting" rather than wallowing in your surroundings and think "I feel special being here". It's a park rather than a garden. The Wild Cornwall part was my favourite bit of the outdoor area. There's a shady circle with stone seating with a truly magical feel.
The food can be dear. A hot chocolate and cake cost £5.50. Lunch was lovely and only £7.50 for cheese and asparagus tart with help yourself quantities of potato salad and green salad. Cracking ice cream being sold about the place too.
Overall it's not a cheap day out, but you do get a lot for you money.Read moreLess
"Just breathtaking from start to finish. Two days or more…"
Just breathtaking from start to finish. Two days or more would be best to do the visit justice. Your kids will love it. Any age!Read moreLess