The Earth Centre
The Earth Centre is a science centre, also known as 'Our Dynamic Earth', and is a highly popular tourist and visitors attraction, as well as a conference venue, in the Holyrood area of Edinburgh. It was one of the first big projects to be supported by the Millennium Commission, opened in 1999, and its huge steel structure now sits proudly next to the Scottish Parliament building. The building itself was designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners, and is essentially a huge steel membrane, supported by masts and stretched over a giant steel skeleton.
Our Dynamic Earth is housed in the prestigious landmark building known as the William Younger Centre, and is at the center of a major 'urban regeneration' plan, that has re-animated and enlivened the former industrial area in which it sits (at the lower end of the Royal Mile). The aim of the Earth Centre is to expand and better the public's knowledge and understanding of the scientific processes that have made planet Earth what it is today. This includes exhibitions on The Big Bang, Abiogenesis, plate tectonics, glaciation, and much more. The famous Scottish geologist, Dr Stuart Monro, act as the centre's Scientific Director, and constantly works hard to ensure the scientific accuracy of each and every exhibition.
Entry to Our Dynamic Earth is from 10am-5.30pm daily, and costs £10.25 for adults and £6.75 for children under 15.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is a huge visitor attraction that was opened on in 17 March 2001, in Cornwall, and is home to a huge collection of plants from all four corners of the world. The main bulk of the Eden Project is made up of two huge, covered domes, or 'biomes', one of which stretches across 3.9 acres and emulates a tropical environment, containing plants such as fruiting banana trees, coffee, rubber and giant bamboo, while the other covers 1.6 acres and is an example of a Mediterranean climate, containing plants like olives and grape vines, as well as various ornamental sculptures. There is also a third biome, which is uncovered (open to the air), and displays plants from a more temperate climate, such as tea, lavender, hops, hemp, sunflowers and more.
These eye-catching structures, that were founded by Tim Smit, took two and a half years to build, and were designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw. There has also been a new addition to the Eden Project family since 2005 - 'The Core' - which provides Eden with a facility that incorporates education and exhibitions, and truly helps the Project deliver its message about the importance of the relationship between people and plants.
Also, the Eden Project is highly eco-friendly, and uses sanitized rain water, collected from the
bottom of the quarry, for all its toilet facilities and to humidify the Tropical Biome. Did you know, the Eden Project also plays host many musical performances, and has had guests such as Amy Winehouse, James Morrison, Muse, Pulp, KT Tunstall, Oasis, Mumford & Sons, Jack Johnson, Paolo Nuitini and more!