Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)

  • See the home of Charles Darwin
  • The hothouse - see the carnivorous plants and orchids
Where the famous scientist lived and worked Join us for the Easter Adventure Quest | 18-21 April 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)

  • Easter Adventure Quest

    Good Fri 18 - Easter Mon 21 Apr 2014

    Young adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! Join our quest, meet characters from the past and crack the clues as you explore Down House. Rise to the challenge and you’ll win a yummy chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

  • Discover with Darwin

    Tue 27 - Fri 30 May 2014

    Join Darwin's assistants and explore evolution at its birthplace as you delve daringly into the mysteries of science.

  • Down House Garden Tours

    Every Weds and Sun in July and August

    Enjoy an hour long tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

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


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