Some ideas for our summer jaunt

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  1. Jaws

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    OK, so yet again due to womans bloody family we are having to change the plans ( already in tatters, and now spread about the garden and being chewed by the dog !! )

    Has anyone visited either the Eden Project or Portmeirion ?

    Your thoughts and experiences would be appreciated :)
     
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    We visited The Eden Project a few years ago. Fascinating place.
    Have heard it has got even better since then so should be well worth a visit.
     
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    Went to Portmerion years ago, quite enjoyed it but it's only half a day's visit but you could then go to Porthmadog and do the Blaenau Ffestiniog railway, lovely picturesque run.
    Never been to the Eden project so can't help with that
     
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    Been to Eden Project, not too bad (obviously it's really just some big greenhouses) nothing much else to see.

    Actually it's where I discovered that bananas grow pointing upwards, not downwards as displayed in Asda.

    Top tip, do not attempt Eden on a rainy day (every tourist in Cornwall visits Eden on a rainy day)

    Going round a big greenhouse with a million other folk, including wet smelly kids, is not much fun.
     
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    Portmerion isn't dog friendly.
     
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    That's the best thing about Portmerion!! :)
     
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    Rule 1 prevents me from properly replying to that.
     
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    Done Eden project but for me lost gardens of heligan are fantastic
     
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    We stayed in the hotel in Portmeirion - expensive but worth for us as The Prisoner was a must see for us on Friday nights when we were courting. If you're not into the series it's probably not worth a visit.
     
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    Eden Project is fantastic - done it several times. Tesco vouchers make the entrance fees more bearable and www.doubletreesfarm.co.uk is a great place to stay that is within walking distance.
     
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    We visit the Eden Project at least once a year. In the early years everything was being developed whereas now some areas are quite mature. What some people don't realise is that it is essentially an educational experience and not just a big garden with strange greenhouses. Take your time and allow at least a full day. Check the current entry prices on line as there are reductions for some categories and as it has educational charity status there are incentives for tax payers to gift aid the fee. Buy at least 1 day in advance for a reduced price. Get your ticket validated and this lets you return as many times as you wish for 12 months. I think the food prices are a bit high but you do get a good helping of good quality food. If you go this summer beware of the dinosaurs !!
    As Porkster says, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are also worth a visit. Again, allow a full day and don't leave it too late to get to the cafe.
    There is provision for parking at both places and it is free!

    Brian
     
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    Oh yes. I forgot to mention Doubletrees but check for a pitch as the get full quickly.
     
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    A while since we did these but Eden Project, Lost Gardens and Portmerion are all musts and as said go on to Blaenau Ffestiniog for the railway and slate mines.
     
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    Sadly it looks like Portmerion is a non starter if you cannot take a dog there
     
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    There are plenty of trees to hang 'em in while you enjoy yerself!!! :)
    (Just trying to be helpful).:whistle:
     
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    Yesssss,, I am sure you are...
     
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    Couldn't find them!
     
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    I will second that, Heligan peaceful and amazing, would go there any day in preference to Eden. Haven't been to Portmerion for years but imagine much better midweek / out of season.
     
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    Been to Eden project once, it was ok I guess, but wouldn't rush back there personally.
     
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    Eden project is worth going to.Don't be in a rush.No problem parking motorhome.If you are up for it there's a zip wire that goes over the top of the domes.But you pay extra for it.If you use Tesco vouchers you will save a bomb on entrance prices.Not sure about parking at Heligan.But worth going to(y)
     
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