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: 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 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 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 Discovery Visits
Let our experts lead your pupils on a hands-on Discovery Visit and discover more about Darwin’s theory of evolution. At just £100 per session per class, it’s a great way to combine inspiring experiences with quality learning.Find out more
Plan Your Trip
We have a range of materials to support your visit and help you with school trip planning.
Contact our education bookings team who can help you create the best possible school trip to suit your students’ needs.