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The tearoom serves a selection of sandwiches, cold platters, soups, ice-creams and hot food in the winter.
There is an outdoor seating area for customers and children's portions are available. The tearoom uses site-grown and local produce. Vegetarian, dairy and gluten-free options are available on the menu.
You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in our designated picnic area near the tennis court at the Home of Charles Darwin, Down House, please ask a member of staff for directions. Please be aware that picnics are not allowed in other areas in the grounds as Down House is a 'Site of Importance for Nature Conservation', in order to protect important species such as fungi.
Dogs are not allowed because Down House is a 'Site of Importance for Nature Conservation', meaning that it contains many important protected species such as fungi. Assistance dogs are welcome however.
Please note that dogs should not be left unattended in the car park.
An award-winning exhibition on the first floor of the house covers Darwin’s life, his scientific work, and the controversy which it provoked. It features many previously unseen objects, with highlights including manuscript pages from the 'Origin of Species'; Darwin’s hat, microscope and notebooks; and a copy of 'Das Kapital' inscribed to him by Karl Marx. This exhibition can be accessed by the central stairs or by lift.
Down House features a beautiful garden full of loose drifts of flowers, lush meadowland and mature trees. There is also a kitchen garden, including Darwin’s ‘Experiment Bed’, a hot-house, and beyond this, a wooded Sandwalk, where Darwin paced daily while working out his theories.
No ball games are allowed on the site. However there is plenty of space for children to run around and play hide and seek.