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7. Down House, Charles Darwin’s home

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Down House, Charles Darwin’s home

It was at Down House that Charles Darwin worked on his scientific theories, and wrote 'On the Origin of Species' by Means of Natural Selection – the book which both scandalised and revolutionised the Victorian world when published in 1859.

The house remains much as it was when Darwin lived here. The rooms on the ground floor have been furnished to reflect the domestic life of the family, while the study holds his writing desk, chair and numerous objects connected with his work. The first floor offers an interactive exhibition on his life, research and discoveries.

English Heritage has restored the gardens to their appearance in Darwin’s time. Some of his outdoor experiments on natural selection are recreated in the garden and the greenhouse, with its orchids and carnivorous plants. The newly installed observation beehive will enable visitors to see honeybees at work building honeycombs, just as Darwin did almost 150 years ago when trying to prove his theory of evolution. Visitors can also stroll around the famous Sandwalk, the path Darwin paced as he worked out his ideas.

Discover more about Darwin and his family from the audio tour, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Down House Address:
Luxted Rd
England, UK

Down House Opening Times:
1st April - 30th June, 11.00 am - 5.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays
1st July - 31st August, (grounds open until 6.00 pm) 11.00 am - 5.00 pm Monday to Sunday
1st September - 31st October 11.00 am - 5.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday
1st November - 19th December 11.00 am - 4.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday
1st - 20th March 11.00 am - 4.00 pm Wednesday to Sunday

Down House Admission:
Adult  £9.30
Children  £4.70
Concession  £7.90
English Heritage Members  Free
Family Ticket  £23.30

T  01689 859119

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