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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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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 spent a lovely morning at Erasmus Darwin House. The herb garden was so beautiful and a credit to the gardener. Also learnt a lot about the grandfather of Charles Darwin and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
yvonne g
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We spent a lovely morning at Erasmus Darwin House. The herb garden was so beautiful and a credit to the gardener. Also learnt a lot about the grandfather of Charles Darwin and what a talented man he was. The staff were very helpful and enthusiastic.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Average thing to do in Lichfield. It's nice to see and summat to do. The gardens are nice and look very pretty. Unless your interested in this kind of thing then it might be a waste of your time.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

we were a bit museumed out by the time we got here but it is well worth a visit just to look at the architecture and the pretty garden. As with everywhere else we went in Lichfield we got a warm welcome - very enjoyable

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Gtr Manchester
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13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This little gem is up near the cathedral and well worth a visit. It's hard not come away astounded by the breadth and depth of the great mans knowledge. Some nice interactive things for children as well. Not big but delivers a lot. A must visit if you are in Lichfield.

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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54 reviews 54 reviews
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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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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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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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