Down House - Home of Charles Darwin

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An intimate window into the life of Englands best known scientist. It was from his study at Down House that Charles Darwin worked on the scientific theories that culminated in a book “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection“ that both scandalised and revolutionised Victorian Britain.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Science centre

Opening hours

April-September: Wed-Sun 1000-1700
October: Wed-Sun 1000-1700
November-March: Wed-Sun 1000-1600

Admission charges

Adult £9.90
Concession (+60) £8.90
Student £8.90
Children (5-15 yrs) £5.90
Family (2 adults + 3 children) £25.70
English Heritage Members: Free


  • English Heritage
  • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments
  • Historic Scotland

Additional info

Access to house: Disabled access via shop. All ground floor rooms are level with seats in every room. First-floor reached by lift and ramp to mount two steps.

Access to grounds: Most areas can be reached via gravel paths, including Darwin’s ‘thinking path’ and greenhouses. The gravel can be slippery when wet. The rest of the area is lawn which cannot be used by wheelchairs.

Parking: 50m from house with separate disabled bays. Disabled visitors may be set down outside the house by prior arrangement. Level path to house.

Visually Impaired Visitors: Interactive exhibition on first floor allowing visitors to touch and participate. Audio guides included in admission price. Braille guide available.

Hearing Impaired Visitors: Audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price.

Facilities Toilets: Accessible WC on ground floor.

Shop: Level access

Refreshments: Tea room on ground floor.

Down House, built during the late eighteenth century, remains much as it was when Darwin lived there. On the ground floor, the rooms have been furnished to reflect the domestic life of the family. The study holds his writing desk, chair and numerous objects connected with his work.
The first floor houses an interactive exhibition on his life, research and discoveries.

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Charles Darwin
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Discover with Darwin

  • 26 — 29 May 2015 *on now

Join the man himself – Charles Darwin - and explore evolution at its birthplace as you delve daringly into the mysteries of science. Ever wondered why giraffes have long necks? Why a penguin can’t fly? Why a monkey has a tail? Discover all this and more as you grab your lab coat and dust off your craft kits at Down House.


Adult £10.60 Child £6.30 Concession £9.50 Family £27.60. All children are welcome to join in the Just For Kids events. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity.

Down House - Home of Charles Darwin
Down House



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