Home of Charles Darwin - Down House

Home of Charles Darwin - Down House

Home of Charles Darwin - Down House
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
With its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House, the family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin, is a must-see. Stand in the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', stroll through the gardens that inspired him, and discover his and wife Emma's newly recreated bedroom which overlooks the gardens. Let Sir David Attenborough take you on an interactive multimedia tour around the house, and discover how the great man developed his ground-breaking theories. Whilst soaking in the knowledge why not visit Emmas Kitchen for a cream tea or delicious light lunch, some of which are inspired by Emma Darwins recipe book itself. Then take a stroll around the beautiful country gardens, making sure you enjoy a lap of Darwins 'thinking path', the sandwalk, which Darwin himself would walk 3 time a day. This stunning hidden gem is not one to be missed. Come and explore today.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • lady_britts
    Bexley, United Kingdom1,412 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning house & gardens
    This is a beautiful property & both the house and its gardens are a pleasure to wander around. There is an exhibition in the upstairs of the house where you can learn about Charles Darwin and his family & then there's a free audio guide for the downstairs rooms and the gardens. With a little tea room with outside seating selling fresh cakes and sandwiches, this is a lovely way to spend a few hours. I must also say that every single member of staff were just lovely. Everyone looked so happy to work there, it was honestly refreshing to see. Lovely day out.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Jamison
    London, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day out
    Have been here many times as local to us. Always impressed with how nice, knowledgeable and helpful all the staff , cafe staff and volunteers are. They are always smiling and seem to be enjoying their day. Food is great too!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 February 2024
  • Jacqui B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brill day out with great food
    This was a really good day so interesting and special place but the staff in the house and those in the cafe were excellent. The knowledge of the staff in the tour and the consideration of the person who found the bird identifications was above and beyond. But the food in the cafe was lovely homemade soup and sour dough bun for lunch all made on the site were so good we had to go back for scone cake and tea after a walk around the glasshouse and very peaceful gardens. It felt like a lovely family home which it quite clearly was …. So interesting history and good food … brill day out.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Melanie
    Cairns, Australia26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day trip
    Great house & gardens. Very interesting museum & free audio guide in house & gardens. Great day out to learn about Charles Darwin life. Highly recommend. English heritage site
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 May 2024
  • Zapryan D
    London, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely place to visit!
    I went to Down House with a friend in early June and I was pleasantly surprised by how much there is to see on this heritage site. We spent over an hour exploring the 1st floor of the house, which has many interesting information panels about Darwin, his work and his family. Although we were offered audio guides for the ground floor, we didn't take them but I had a very enjoyable conversation with one of the excellent volunteers who informed me that most of the objects in the rooms on the ground floor had belonged to Darwin and his family. We spent roughly half an hour gradually exploring the garden and we started but didn't finish Darwin's "sandwalk", which was referred to as his thinking path. I think we could easily have spent longer in the garden as we were told that the audio guide covers the garden too. Even though we didn't go to the cafe, we easily spent over 2 hours in the house and the garden. All in all, I would say that although the ticket is a bit expensive, a visit to Down House is still good value for money. The only major downside is that photography is not allowed inside the house.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 June 2024
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andrew h
Leicester, England, United Kingdom59 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Very underwhelming for the entry price, yes theres some interesting things to see and the grounds are lovely to walk around, but come on! £20 each and no photos allowed inside!?
Written 22 June 2024
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CynthiaCrane
Bath, NC28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Wonderful to visit Charles Darwin’s home and learn about his everyday life. Excellent exhibits and curated rooms, along with the well-produced audio tour, allows visitors to connect with Charles Darwin on a level few get the opportunity to do. Thank you for protecting this important historical location and providing access.
Written 18 June 2024
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Zapryan D
London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I went to Down House with a friend in early June and I was pleasantly surprised by how much there is to see on this heritage site. We spent over an hour exploring the 1st floor of the house, which has many interesting information panels about Darwin, his work and his family. Although we were offered audio guides for the ground floor, we didn't take them but I had a very enjoyable conversation with one of the excellent volunteers who informed me that most of the objects in the rooms on the ground floor had belonged to Darwin and his family. We spent roughly half an hour gradually exploring the garden and we started but didn't finish Darwin's "sandwalk", which was referred to as his thinking path. I think we could easily have spent longer in the garden as we were told that the audio guide covers the garden too. Even though we didn't go to the cafe, we easily spent over 2 hours in the house and the garden. All in all, I would say that although the ticket is a bit expensive, a visit to Down House is still good value for money. The only major downside is that photography is not allowed inside the house.
Written 13 June 2024
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Melanie
Cairns, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great house & gardens. Very interesting museum & free audio guide in house & gardens. Great day out to learn about Charles Darwin life. Highly recommend.
English heritage site
Written 24 May 2024
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Pzvisitor2014
Penzance, UK24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lots of information boards in the house. The audio guides for garden and downstairs wee really helpful. The volunteer in the glasshouse was really good. The garden and grounds were much smaller than expected.
Written 30 April 2024
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Jacqui B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This was a really good day so interesting and special place but the staff in the house and those in the cafe were excellent. The knowledge of the staff in the tour and the consideration of the person who found the bird identifications was above and beyond. But the food in the cafe was lovely homemade soup and sour dough bun for lunch all made on the site were so good we had to go back for scone cake and tea after a walk around the glasshouse and very peaceful gardens. It felt like a lovely family home which it quite clearly was …. So interesting history and good food … brill day out.
Written 28 March 2024
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Jamison
London, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Have been here many times as local to us. Always impressed with how nice, knowledgeable and helpful all the staff , cafe staff and volunteers are. They are always smiling and seem to be enjoying their day. Food is great too!
Written 25 February 2024
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Icecreaminthesand
Devon, UK443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Amazing little house!

Hired a wheelchair, staff super friendly and helpful. You start the tour of the house upstairs (was accessible by lift or stairs).

Lots of early life information on Darwin through to his Beagle voyage, achievements and ultimately his death.

Lots of info boards - but probably the most interesting ones! Lay out was done nicely so that it wasn’t overwhelming. One room has children’s games; chess, dominoes and some dinosaurs. This is super handy if you have younger children who may become tired of the info boards.

Down to the ground floor and the lovely reconstructed rooms. Audio tours (FREE) are helpful so make sure you pick one up.

We then went and had a coffee and cake/snacks. The two younger lads serving appeared genuinely happy to serve you and offer what you wanted before you asked!

Ace customer service from the FOH cafe team. When the snacks came we were given a teeny tiny tomato that had been grown on site. They also had fresh homegrown figs to try. Shout to the the ladies in the kitchen who brought out the food and were really friendly.

Realised they do a garden tour. Managed to get on (FREE) and we weren’t disappointed! The lady who gave the tour was really informative, knew the little stories you want to hear, stories and tales that bring you closer into the home (and mind) of Darwin.

The gift shop was stocked well and they even offered samples of the wine. That was until the wasps decided they wanted a try!

Great day out, great staff, great accessibility.
Written 10 September 2023
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia3,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a magical spot.
The displays are excellent and clearly show the travels and research of an amazing man.
The home is full of loving family times.
Written 23 August 2023
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veggiedyke
Norwich, UK202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Interesting exhibits on Darwin and his family, though I thought they should have done a bit more on eugenics, considering his son Leonard was big on eugenics and used Darwin's research for that purpose.

Understandably, dogs aren't allowed in the house, so do be aware of that if you go, as one of us had to stay with the dog while the other went in.
Written 19 August 2023
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