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Erasmus Darwin House

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Address: Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7AD, England
Phone Number: +44 1543 306260
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Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Description: Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It...
Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It has been said that no one since has rivaled his achievements in such a wide range of fields. Indeed, he posited a coherent theory of evolution a full 70 years before his Grandson Charles. This beautiful Georgian town house and previous home of Erasmus is dedicated to his life and achievements. Set in an ancient part of Lichfield city centre, the house contains a wealth of information about this fascinating man through videos, audio guides and several hands-on exhibitions and also provides a window into Georgian life. There is also a wonderful herb garden to stroll through and a gift shop. There are plenty of activities and workshops for all ages so do check our website for various events throughout the year!
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darwin! darwin! stand by me.

Free of charge museum. Only based within the former home of Erasmus, so quite a small facility, yet has plenty of hands on activities for young kids, interactive displays and even... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Free of charge museum. Only based within the former home of Erasmus, so quite a small facility, yet has plenty of hands on activities for young kids, interactive displays and even an erasmouse trail within the museum to follow. It has a quaint little herb garden outside and the staff were lovely people. This Erasmus Darwin was like the best... More 

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A good insight into the grandfather of the more famous Darwin. Learned a lot about the man, including how he ..... well if you need to know more you'll have to see for yourself at this free attraction. It's on two floors (there is a lift) and a nicely laid out garden.

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A splendid house, reached through the Cathedral bookshop, opposite the cathedral. You enter through a most wonderful garden with the most incredible fruit and flowers, impeccably kept, and all for free (donations most welcome). There are several rooms over three floors and also with wonderful views across to the cathedral spires. Each room is fascinating with information about Erasmus and,... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Lovely house and herb garden. The volunteers were very helpful and with no entrance charge it is well worth a visit (even though we did give a contribution)

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Lots of information about this scientist, inventor, poet, and botanist. Very interesting. The gardens are lovely to wander around too.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We visited the house during Lichfield festival. This was a very informative museum right in the heart of the city. The gardens are lovely and they have a range of plants for sale. As a doctor he used herbs and there is a wide range growing in the garden, some are an amazing size. There is also a selection of... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

A lovely house and museum of the work of Darwin.the cellar tour was enlightening and the tour guide was full of information. It was lovely to see all the herbs in the garden that he would have used on a daily basis ,you could easily imagine the corpses on the slab with him cutting them up for his research!

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We went to look at Erasmus Darwin House as a possible venue for our wedding next year. We had visited the herb garden before (which is fantastic), but had never been into the actual house. We nearly didn't bother going because we weren't convinced that it was big enough for the evening do, but it took about two minutes to... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I knew nothing about this amazing polymath - how is it that such an important man isn't made more of in history? His well known grandson is appropriately lauded for his contributions to science and the forwarding of human knowledge - Charles Darwin owes so much to his lesser vaunted gradnfather - go and see the museum and enjoy learning... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

the approach to the house itself is like stepping into the past - from bustling Lichfield into the tranquillity of the garden - which smelled delicious with all the herbs. the House itself - although not big had a videos set up in the Library which was very educational but made in a fun way to listen - I think... More 

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