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The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House


Experience nature come to life in the Gardens of Down House, Home to Charles Darwin Just outside central London stands the family home of world-renowned Victorian scientist Charles Darwin, Down House, a unique building laden with historical and scientific significance. Down House remains much as it was when Darwin lived there. English Heritage have recreated the gardens at Down House as the Darwin's would have seen them. The gardens were Darwin's ‘outdoor laboratory' and he spent many hours there working on the theories he became renowned for. Take a stroll along his ‘thinking path' where he worked on his theories of evolution and wrote On the Origin of Species. Although small many elements of bigger gardens exist including bedding, shrubberies and mixed borders, an orchard, and a traditional kitchen garden including Darwin's ‘Experiment Bed'and greenhouse. Victorian plant varieties are used throughout the garden adding to the period feel and there is an excellent interactive media tour narrated by David Attenborough which brings everything to life

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Garden Acreage: 4

Parkland Acreage: 30

Open Times: 28 Mar to 30 Sept, Daily, 10:00-18:00. 1 Oct to 1 Nov, Daily, 10:00-17:00. 2 Nov to 14 Feb 16, Sat & Sun 10:00-16:00, 15-21 Feb, Daily, 10:00-16:00. 24 Feb to 21 Mar, Sat & Sun 10:00-16:00. Closed 24-26 Dec, 28 Dec, 31 Dec-1 Jan. Please see our website for opening times 25 March onwards. If in doubt please visit the English Heritage website.

Price Details: Members Free, Adult £11.10, Child (5-15 yrs) £6.70, Concession £10.00, Family (2 Adults, 3 children) £28.90


01689 859119
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Luxted Road, Downe, Orpington, Kent, OrpingtonBR6 7JT, United Kingdom

On Luxted Road, Downe, off the A21 or A233.

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