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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. 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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A most enjoyable visit to the house of a fascinating character. Informative displays and helpful visitor attendants. Worth a visit and also free admission.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Locard42
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A most enjoyable visit to the house of a fascinating character. Informative displays and helpful visitor attendants. Worth a visit and also free admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another free place to visit in Lichfield, a very interactive museum which would be good for young children. In a nice setting....it's not huge but well well worth a visit

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

after an enjoyable visit to the wonderful cathedral we spotted the sign to Erasmus Darwin house. ED's story is most beguiling, the staff are very friendly and there are some well presented exhibits. So why not 5 stars? the house is insufficiently advertised the video being shown on a loop is too old and cheesy there is something which is... More 

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Thank chris m
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst walking around the cathedral we noticed the signs for this place so i said to my husband i would pop in and have a look if it was worth going in so we could come back another time (we had dogs with us so couldnt have a proper look at the time) First impressions were not great as the... More 

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Thank Kelly W
Rugeley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second visit to find out more about Charles Darwin's grandfather, a multi-talented, enlightened and fascinating man. His achievements are staggering and really interesting. It's free to go in to this wonderful museum, house and garden by the cathedral so I recommend you spend and hour of your time here whilst visiting this beautiful little city.

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Thank Mike P
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Walked passed this place many times and on this occasion decided to pop in and see. Well worth a look; enjoyed exploring the garden areas and continued into the museum. Very helpful friendly staff who went out of their way to get information on children activities which will interest my grandson. Multimedia room kicked off the tour with an interesting... More 

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Thank Dave W
Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

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.

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Thank David P
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

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

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Stafford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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.

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Thank NaturistStafford
Aldridge, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

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.

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