Home of Charles Darwin - Down House

The gardens and House at The Home of Charles Darwin - Down House are now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Welcome to Home of Charles Darwin - Down House

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Gardens - Our beautiful gardens will be open with a one-way system for you to enjoy while keeping to social distancing rules.
  • House - Parts of the House are now open from 11am until 4pm daily (last admission at 3pm) with a one way route and limited capacity inside. Visitors will need to wear face masks when inside the House.
  • Glass Houses - Due to their enclosed spaces the glass house and laboratory will remain closed. Instead we will be opening the great house meadow to visitors for the first time.
  • Cafe - A temporary catering facility in the gardens offering takeaway service of light refreshments. Our café is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.  Find out more here.
  • Shop - The shop will be open with a one-way system in place. 
  • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available on site.
  • Dogs - As  a 'Site of Importance for Nature Conservation', we are unable to allow dogs. However, assistance dogs welcome.
  • Access - The newly-opened meadow and some pathways including the sandwalk can be difficult for wheelchair users.
  • Face masks - Face coverings must be worn in Down House's indoor shop and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.

Please note that road works may affect your journey so we recommend allowing extra travel time to get to us.

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Guidebook: Down House

Price: £4.00

 Down House Timeline

1838-42Family Home

Charles Darwin marries Emma Wedgwood. They move into Down House to accommodate their growing family.

Find out more about the Darwins and Down House

1842-6Early Scientific Research

Darwin completes his trilogy on South America's geology, and begins his classification of barnacles and his garden experiments.

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