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: Mon-Sun 1000-1800
October: Mon-Sun 1000-1700
1st November-23rd Dec Sat-Sun 1000-1600
27th Dec-31st Dec daily 1000-1600
1st Jan-12th Feb Sat-Sun 1000-1600
12th Feb-18th Feb Daily 1000-1600
19th Feb-29th March: Wed-Sun 1000-1600

Admission charges

Adult £11.80
Concession (+60) £10.60
Student £10.60
Children (5-15 yrs) £7.10
Family (2 adults + 3 children) £30.70
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: Audio guides included in admission price. Braille guide available.

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

Down House - Home of Charles Darwin
Down House



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