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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)

  • 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.

  • Summer Tours of Charles Darwin’s Garden

    Wed 2 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014 (Every Wednesday and Sunday in July and August)

    Enjoy a 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.

  • Ugly Bug Safari

    Tue 19 - Sat 23 Aug 2014

    Small game hunters wanted. Grab a magnifying glass and join our big hunt for some mini beasts.

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directions

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

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