Down House - Home of Charles Darwin

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Down House

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.

Further information

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


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

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Refreshments
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas

Facilities information:

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.


  • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people

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