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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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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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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Walsall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very nice day to visit as the sun was shining. The herb garden is very interesting, never heard of some of the herbs. Wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

If I hadn't seen this on the internet I would not have known it was there! Yes there are sign posts but you could miss it if you don't know the area! Come out of the cathedral and look across to the shop on the left is the alley way to find it! Wonderful atmosphere welcoming staff and I thoroughly... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Very interesting, and free of charge. Beautiful house and herb garden, friendy volunteers if you need more information. The grandfather of Charles Darwin was a man of many interests and talents - mainly scientific. Fascinating insights into the family life of the day. Erasmus was clearly a strong influence on the future evolutionary scientist Charles. The exhibition includes a video... More 

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The museum tells of the life and work of Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of the more famous Charles Darwin. He was a doctor, scientist and a poet and well ahead of his time. The museum is housed in his home in Lichfield , originally a half timbered house but alterd by Erasmus to a fine Georgian house. It is an interactive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Very interesting, what a brilliant inventor. Well worth a visit if you are in Litchfield, the house is filled with lots of interesting exhibits and artefacts.

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Address: Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7AD, England
Phone Number: +44 1543 306260
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Staffordshire  >  Lichfield
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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