The former home of Charles Darwin, and where the internationally renowned 'On the Origin of Species' was written. With many cross-curricular learning opportunities, Victorian interiors and original furniture inside the house and gardens of Special Scientific Interest to explore outside. This term your class can discover the newly interpreted bedroom of Charles Darwin and use our downloadable Learning Trail as part of a free visit.
Support your teaching at Down House with many links to the curriculum from history to science and local history
- KS1: Working scientifically, animals and plants
- KS1-2: Science, living things and their habitats
- KS2: Working scientifically, evolution and inheritance
- KS1-3: A local history study
- KS3: Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain 1745-190
- KS3: Science, working scientifically, biology
Free school visits
Explore and discover the authentic Victorian interiors, reflecting the home in which Darwin and his wife Emma raised their children. An immersive on-site exhibition guides you through Darwin's voyage aboard the Beagle from 1831-36, his scientific discoveries and the impact of his revolutionary theories on Victorian society. Continue your voyage outside to the extensive gardens which include Darwin's 'outdoor laboratory' and famous 'thinking path'. Can your class spot the working observation beehive and carnivorous plants?Enquire Now
Expert-led school visits
At just £100 per session per class, our expert-led Discovery Visits combine inspiring experiences with quality learning.
Darwin's Daring Discoveries (KS3 History & Science):
In this hands-on and fun visit, students investigate Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection both inside the house and in the gardens. Students will get to grips with scientific equipment and be taken around key rooms of the house and parts of the garden with a group leader. Learning Outcomes include:
- Understanding the relationship between Darwin's work and his home and garden
- Considering the social context of Darwin's ideas, including reactions to 'On the Origin of Species.'
- Developing scientific skills: Observe, hypothesise, predict, test, record analyse and conclude
Duration: 1 hour 45 minsEnquire Now
Plan Your Trip
How to book
0370 333 0606
Education Opening Times
- April to September - 10.00 - 18.00.
- October - 10.00 - 17.00.
- November to March Closed for education visits
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