Down House - Home of Charles Darwin

Down House - Home of Charles Darwin
Down House
Downe
Kent
BR6 7JT
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.14922

Telephone

01689 859119

Fax

01689 862755

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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

Discounts

  • 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
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Harvest Season: Apples and Pears

  • 27 — 28 September 2014 10am-5pm

Join our expert gardeners who’ll cover a different topic each weekend giving you top tips from the harvest season as they draw from their experience tending Darwin’s famous garden – his ‘outdoor laboratory’.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Grab your cloaks and pick out your pumpkin as your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween. Creepy crafts and shocking stories await at deadly Down House. Show off your spooktacular costumes and frighten our fearless staff - a perfect day out for the family this Shocktober half term!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

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