Bring the curriculum to life and inspire your students at the former home of Charles Darwin and the site where the internationally renowned 'On the Origin of Species' was written. From Victorian interiors and original furniture inside the house, to gardens of Special Scientific Interest, there is plenty for school groups to see at Down House.
Support your teaching at Down House with many links to the curriculum from history to science and local history
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality; lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
- KS1-2 Science: Working scientifically, animals and plants, living things and their habitats
- KS1-3 History: A local history study
- KS2 History: Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS2 Science: Evolution and inheritance
- KS3 History: Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain 1745-190
- KS3 Science: Working scientifically, biology: genetics and evolution
Free self-led 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 and explore key parts of the site where Darwin undertook some of his experiments!Enquire now
Expert-led Discovery Visits
Let our experts bring history to life during an immersive Discovery Visit. Students will investigate Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. They'll develop scientific skills, understand the context of Darwin’s work and explore key parts of the house and garden.
Our Discovery Visit has been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.Find out more
Plan Your Trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Darwin Activity Trail (KS2-KS3)
Explore Charles Darwin's home at Down House with our Activity Trail.
Darwin Activity Trail Answers (KS2-KS3)
Answers to questions posed in our self-led Darwin Activity Trail.
Darwin Activity Trail Floorplan
Use this floorplan to help you discover the key areas of Darwin's home.
Teaching the Victorians
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of the Victorians.
Curators' Collections: Down House
Explore objects from our collections at Down House to learn more about Charles Darwin's life and work.
Who Was Charles Darwin?
Learn more about Charles Darwin and his groundbreaking scientific discoveries with this short animation.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.