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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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12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Thu - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century...

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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A trip back in time worth taking!

Lichfield's hidden gem, the leaflet says & it's not wrong. Not a huge building, you won't get lost, but you will absorb oodles of 18th Century history, which may prompt you to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
David P
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lichfield's hidden gem, the leaflet says & it's not wrong. Not a huge building, you won't get lost, but you will absorb oodles of 18th Century history, which may prompt you to read some of the writings of his grandson Charles Darwin. The small garden at the rear is an absolute delight. Check out the website for opening times.

Thank David P
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The history and detail of this place is fascinating. Telling the story of Darwin and family as well as his connection to other greats such as Wedgwood and his good friend Mattew Boulton. It was one of the venues for the famous lunar society. Well worth a visit

Thank Brian E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an eye-opener on an extraordinary man who is not well-known outside the area. It is free to enter and a donation at the door is not much to ask.

Thank NaturistStafford
Aldridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting hour spent in a tucked away little treasure by Lichfield cathedral. Take the time to explore behind the cottages you'll be very pleased you did.

Thank Malcolm S
East Midlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A small museum in Erasmus Darwin's old house near the Cathedral. Do follow the advice of the reception volunteers and start with the film of his life to set the museum in context. In addition to the usual type of displays, there are many hands on exhibits to help you understand what he did for children and adults. This museum... More 

Thank OldieEastMidlands
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I have lived near Lichfield for 3 years and didn't even know this place existed. It is free entirely but there are several boxes for you to be able to make contribution. Learnt a lot about Erasmus Darwin. Very intelligent man who gave a lot to society. The garden is quite pretty as well and as you go out back... More 

Thank Minilegsy1
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The substantial Darwin family home on the edge of Georgian Litchfield is rather more gracious than the Johnsons' little townhouse on the busy marketplace, but still charmingly provincial. It is the less evocative of the two, for having fewer rooms staged as they might have been with a family in residence, but an excellent short film and a range of... More 

Thank ElizabethS592
Shropshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

A wonderful house with a great story to tell about a successful doctor, scientist and inventor whose name has largely been forgotten by the history books. Without his scientific research his Grandson, Charles, would probably not have written his Origin of Species book. Make use of the audio guide around the rooms starting with the short film by Adam Hart-Davies... More 

Thank Tracey G
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

An interesting character who established himself as a prodigious thinker and of course grandfather to Charles Darwin. He must have had a substantial influence on his grandson.. The house is free to visit but they welcome donations.

Thank Ian L
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This is a must visit. Lovely garden and herb garden and the house is full of information on Charles Darwin's grandfather, himself a great man. Some of his inventions are on display. The video was particularly good.

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