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)

  • A Dramatic Origin Weekend

    Sat 22 & Sun 23 Nov 2014

    To celebrate the 155th anniversary of the publication of 'On the Origin of Species' join us as we get theatrical!

  • A Natural Christmas: Decoration making plus gifts inspired by nature

    Sat 29 & Sun 30 Nov 2014

    See how Victorian house staff would have celebrated Christmas and join us in the Butler's Pantry of Down House for festive craft making using natural foliage found in the garden.

  • Discover with Darwin

    Tue 17 - Sat 21 Feb 2015

    Join the Darwins and explore evolution at its birthplace as you delve daringly into the mysteries of science.

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


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