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Charles Darwin Down House

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Not enough for me.

Made up of exhibitions in most rooms, only a couple showed how he lived. Food respectable. The... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Andrew H
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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The upstairs has so much information, it's tempting to skip bits and move on but don't. Every... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Emma S
London, United Kingdom
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Down House Luxted Road, Downe, Bromley BR6 7JT, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Made up of exhibitions in most rooms, only a couple showed how he lived. Food respectable. The grounds spars though it was December. not a lot to see, was expecting more

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The upstairs has so much information, it's tempting to skip bits and move on but don't. Every board contains absolutely fascinating information not only about Charles Darwin but also the time he lived in and the people around him, giving a full picture of his...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Emma S
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Well worth a look at the place where Charles Darwin lived. It was easy to find with good signing from the main road.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 26 November 2018

Charles Darwin lived here for 40 years until his death in 1882. It was here that Darwin developed his theory of evolution by natural selection and wrote his groundbreaking work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859). I was fortunate to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Yogendra Pratap S
Reviewed 19 November 2018

We visited over Origin weekend and took a 20 month old. The museum/house is fascinating and well laid out so that you get a real sense of what it must have been like when Darwin and his family lived there. I was expecting it to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank newlueh_la
Reviewed 12 November 2018

A Tour around the House where he wrote,and coducted many Experiments,a MUST,for "o" and or "A" level Students,accesible by Bus from Bromley,on Route 146 a couple of nice Pubs,handy!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank anthonylettington
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Have long wanted to visit here and was so, so fascinating and the enjoyment helped by the hugely helpful, knowledgeable and passionate staff / volunteers. English Heritage have gone to much trouble to preserve and present this house to ensure visitors get as much satisfaction...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Timzel
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Down house was a fantastic place to visit. There was free parking on site and a fantastic little cafe with outdoor and indoor seating. Free audio guides were provided and gave a good picture of the significance of each part of the house - David...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Elaine S
Reviewed 1 November 2018

A pleasant country house with a well curated review of Darwin's life. One got a feel for his genius, humanity, and eccentricities. It is a remarkable story. It would perhaps be best in the summer when the garden is in full flower, but still was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dean S
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

We have been planning a visit to Down House since the summer and finally went last weekend. The staff were fantastic- enthusiastic and professional, especially the lady volunteering in the greenhouse. The house felt a little claustrophobic however for the number of visitors which is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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14 October 2018|
Response from DeLaLittle | Reviewed this property |
I can’t say for certain but I found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. Maybe give them a call to check 😊
14 September 2018|
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Response from DVPA | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are and the paths in the garden are also easy.
25 August 2017|
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Response from lbmullane | Reviewed this property |
Lots of parking, but the road up from town is narrow and trees hang. Can easily park in town and walk the quarter mile, but no sidewalk for most of the trip.