Home of Charles Darwin - Down House

School Visits

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.

Curriculum links

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?

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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 mins

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Plan Your Trip

  • Facilities
    • Booking: All bookings will be provisional until confirmed with site, please provide a range of available dates for your visit.
    • Education Room: Free bookable space available for schools with tables and chairs, suitable as a lunch room.
    • Parking: Space for 1 coach which must be pre-booked, please specify when booking if you require this space. Disabled bays are available in the car park. Please note that we cannot always accept coaches at the weeekend or on a Bank Holiday. If you need to travel by coach on a Saturday or Sunday, you will need to be dropped off and the coach will need to park elsewhere. Please do not park in the local village.
    • Toilets: Male, female and accessible toilets available on site.

    Please ensure you have your visit confirmed with our Education Bookings Team before booking your travel

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