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“Quite surprising”

Erasmus Darwin House
Ranked #5 of 21 things to do in Lichfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It has been said that no one since has rivaled his achievements in such a wide range of fields. Indeed, he posited a coherent theory of evolution a full 70 years before his grandson Charles. This beautiful Georgian town house and previous home of Erasmus is dedicated to his life and achievements. Set in an ancient part of Lichfield city centre, the house contains a wealth of information about this fascinating man through videos, audio guides and several hands-on exhibitions and also provides a window into Georgian life. There is also a wonderful herb garden to stroll through and a gift shop. There are plenty of activities and workshops for all ages so do check our website for various events throughout the year!
Reviewed 18 October 2018

A lot of reviewers have said that there is nothing to see here, I guess they were expecting thrills and spills, then go home and watch Eastenders and The X factor, (low brow stuff type of people. Now I wasn't too keen on going here, but as we were in Lichfield and had time to kill in we went.

There's a pretty interesting film about the man and some decent enough displays, most of which do need some upkeep, but still quite serviceable, there are costumes to try on for the kids and the staff were very friendly.

You're not going to spend hours here, about 30-45mins tops, but worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
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"herb garden"
in 44 reviews
"his inventions"
in 19 reviews
"lunar society"
in 14 reviews
"interactive exhibits"
in 6 reviews
"lovely house"
in 8 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 36 reviews
"amazing man"
in 7 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 5 reviews
"josiah wedgwood"
in 5 reviews
"renaissance man"
in 4 reviews
"cellar tour"
in 3 reviews
"medical doctor"
in 3 reviews
"industrial revolution"
in 4 reviews
"little gem"
in 13 reviews
"small museum"
in 10 reviews
"free entry"
in 15 reviews
"his life"
in 11 reviews

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Reviewed 17 October 2018

Walking through the courtyard with it's lovely flowers, mainly of 18th century, I came upon this little gem of a house. Free entry which was a bonus. I found out so much about this famous doctor, scientist and inventor and the way he interacted with other local celebs of the time - Josiah Wedgewood, Matthew Boutlon and James Watt. Brilliant

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Chris T
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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

Another place worth a visit in Lichfield. There are one or two toys that were played during the era, and some interesting scientific objects.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank JWP300
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

Fascinating to get an insight into the life of Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather to Charles Darwin. We were greeted by an enthusiast member of staff who introduced us to the house and it’s contents and sent us on our self guided tour. Lots of hands on exhibits where you can try out and look at some of his inventions for yourself. We really enjoyed looking at the medicinal garden which was also a very pleasant place to sit. The Exhibition showed Erasmus Darwin’s place in history as a scientist and inventor even if he chose not to take credit for his inventions. He preferred instead to be the best doctor he could be and most of his inventions came about in order to help his patients and his family and friends. The house itself stands in the shadow of the cathedral, entry is free and it is well worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Susan M
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Erasmus D, Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review

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Reviewed 6 October 2018

Plenty of books and historical information. There are reviews and scenes dating back to Darwins time.

Date of experience: September 2018
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