Access at Home of Charles Darwin (Down House)

Access information for the site is listed below. For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact us before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.

If you are a disabled visitor we offer the option to bring a companion or carer in for free to help you get more out of your visit.

Mobility/Older Visitors

Wheelchair loan Yes
Mobility Scooter loan No
Site Folders No
Accessible Toilets Yes
Adult changing area No
Handrails Yes
Easy-use cutlery No
Assistance Dogs Welcome Yes
Wheelchair Access
Yes
Entrance/Set Down
There are disabled bays in the car park. Disabled visitors may be set down outside the house, however this needs to be arranged prior to the visit. Please call the site on 01689 859119 and provide the date and estimated time of your arrival.
Disabled Parking
Please refer to information in Entrance/Set Down
Onsite Transport
No
Stairs
There are stairs leading up to the first floor.
Lift Access
There is a lift situated beside the Tearoom.
Seating and rest points
There are several seats situated throughout the house and garden.
Pathways: Surface and Gradients
The site features compacted hoggin pathways.
Dog Bowl and Toileting
No

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Blind/Visually Impaired

Braille Guides Yes
Braille Signage No
Handrails Yes
Accessible Toilets Yes
Torches No
Assistance Dogs Welcome Yes
Sensory Experiences
The gardens feature a number of flowerbeds which contain a mixture of cottage garden flowers (like wallflowers and forget-me-nots) and more formal bedding such as gazanias.
Audio Tours
Yes
Site Tours
No information available
Handling Objects
There is an interactive room on the first floor of the property.
Tactile Models
No
Areas of Low Lighting
No information available
Colour contrasts
No information available
Large Print
No
Dog Bowl and Toileting
No

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Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Vibrating fire alarms No
Tour transcripts Yes
Film subtitles No
BSL Tours No
Assistance Dogs Welcome Yes
Induction Loops
Induction loops are available from the shop.
Audio installation transcripts
Yes
Dog Bowl and Toileting
No

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Learning Difficulties

Accessible Toilets Yes
Adult changing area No
Easy-use cutlery No
Basic language audio tours
No
Easy Read Material
No
Large print Material
No
Dyslexia Friendly Material
No
Sensory Experiences
The gardens feature a number of flowerbeds which contain a mixture of cottage garden flowers (like wallflowers and forget-me-nots) and more formal bedding such as gazanias.
Handling Objects
There is an interactive room on the first floor of the property.

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Culinary/Dietary

Easy-use cutlery No
Bottle/food Warming No
Child Size Portions Yes
Highchairs Yes
Special Diets
The Tearoom uses site grown and local produce. There are vegetarian, dairy and gluten free options available on the menu.

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Health and Safety

Deep Water
No information available
Trip Hazard
No information available
Sheer Drop
No information available
Slip Hazard
Some areas may become slippery when wet.
Steep Slope
No information available
Steep Stairs
No information available
Beware of Traffic
No information available
Uneven Ground
The Sandwalk, located at the outer edge of the property beyond the walled vegetable garden, has uneven ground.

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Contact

Site Telephone
01689 859119
Customer Services
0870 333 1181
Address
Luxted Road, Downe, Kent - BR6 7JT
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