Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)

  • See the home of Charles Darwin
  • Stroll along Darwin's 'Thinking Path' - The Sandwalk
  • The hothouse - see the carnivorous plants and orchids
Where the famous scientist lived and worked Stroll along Darwin's 'Thinking Path' | The Sandwalk The hothouse - see the carnivorous plants and orchids See Darwin's study with original furniture

With its unique place in the history of science, Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, is one of the major visitor attractions in the South East. See the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', still as it was when he worked here, and stroll through the extensive gardens that so inspired the great scientist.

Equally fascinating are the glimpses you get into the life of the Darwins in the family rooms. And there’s an exciting interactive multimedia tour, narrated by David Attenborough, to tell you more about how Darwin developed his ideas.

For anyone with an interest in science and evolution, this is a fascinating family day out in Kent.

Don't Miss

  • Carnivorous plants and exotic orchids in the hot-house
  • Warming treats in our cafe
  • A replica of Darwin's cabin on HMS Beagle

Events At Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)

  • Harvest Season: Apples and Pears

    Sat 27 & Sun 28 Sep 2014

    Join our expert gardeners who’ll cover a different topic each weekend giving you top tips from the harvest season as they draw from their experience tending Darwin’s famous garden – his ‘outdoor laboratory’.

  • Halloween Pumpkin Carving

    Mon 27 - Fri 31 Oct 2014

    Grab your cloaks and pick out your pumpkin as your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween.

  • Sky at Night - Star Gazing

    Fri 14 Nov 2014

    Join us in Darwin's garden as the nights grow darker and the stars grow brighter!

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Luxted Road, Downe, Kent - BR6 7JT (Directions)


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