Home of Charles Darwin - Down House

The gardens at the Home of Charles Darwin, Down House are open. Takeaway catering is available and our shop is open, but all indoor areas remain closed, and safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe. You need to book your visit in advance. Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling. Find out more below.

Please note: the gardens at The Home of Charles Darwin will be open. To comply with government guidelines, all interior spaces including the house are currently closed. The toilets and shop will be open and the café will be open for takeaway light refreshments.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. We may need to continue making changes as we follow continually evolving Government advice, so we recommend checking this information before your visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. 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. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are closed?

    To comply with the latest government guidelines, all indoor areas of the Home of Charles Darwin,  Down House, are currently closed. This includes:

    • House
    • Glass Houses and laboratories

  • Visiting after 16 May

    Down House's interior spaces will open on 17 May, in line with government guidelines. At Down House the glasshouses will remain closed and some rooms in the house may be closed to ensure social distancing.

    Two ticket types will be available from 17 May until 30 June. These are the house and grounds ticket, and the grounds-only ticket – which is available at a reduced rate.

    The cafe will be open with outdoor seating, and it will also offer takeaway. Down House's shop will also open.

    Face coverings are required within all of our interior spaces.
    We have additional Covid-secure measures in place including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers.

  • How are you keeping us safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. 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.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

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 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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