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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
Fee: Yes
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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An education for children

This is great for both adults and children but I believe children would benefit greatly by visiting Charles Darwin's grandfather's little house with all its interactive tools to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is great for both adults and children but I believe children would benefit greatly by visiting Charles Darwin's grandfather's little house with all its interactive tools to experience. It's small but children would find lots to stimulate and interest them and It sits nicely opposite the Cathedral so a must to combine the two.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

if you are interested in seeing where famous people lived this is ok. my wife is into her history so enjoyed the visit . I found it a little boring . but there is no charge to see it but we gave a donation

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Driffield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The house is a little gem, however after 5 mins of wandering around the interior couldn't wait to get out, nothing of interest to me, and wouldn't recomend it :(

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Previously I had barely heard of Erasmus Darwin: this small museum was a revelation. ED was a latter-day, English Leonardo da Vinci. His inventions included the steering mechanism for front axles still essentially in use today, but sadly few had had any effect in or immediately after his lifetime. Check the opening times. The 16:00 closing the day we visited... More 

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Trimdon
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Free entry but donations accepted. Interesting house depicting Darwin's life with interactive things to do en route. Headsets and earphones available to use. Video to watch. Costume area with ancient games where you can dress up in period dress and have a go at the games.. History depicted in an interesting way. Herb garden outside leading to a quaint gift... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This house is a stunning venue for all sorts of events that occur throughout the year, once inside its a carefully preserved time capsule of local history. Its a little gem not too far from the city center.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Access is via a narrow alleyway by the side of a medieval house and straight into the Herb Garden. Herbs from around the world were just showing spring shoots in March and spread all around the garden - along with 2 rabbit hutches with occupants! I don't know the connection between rabbits and Erasmus Darwin, but perhaps there is one.... More 

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is much more than a dusty museum to a great man. This is the house he lived in and some of the rooms try to re-create his time. There are things for children to peer at and to put under a microscope, a touch-screen with 4 games for children (at 3 and 3/4 our grand-daughter was too young) and... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It's Charles Darwin's grandfather's house, where he used to dissect corpses. Visit and learn more about this remarkable man.

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Interesting glimpse into the life and times of this great man. Gives you little known facts about Darwin's grandfather and how close his ideas were to those of his famous grandson. There is a video and dressing up clothes for children.

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