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Erasmus Darwin House

Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7AD, England
01543 306260
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Ranked #5 of 10 attractions in Lichfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Charles Darwin's grandfather was an amazing man in many ways. Accomplished and innovative in several fields of endeavor, he also had a lively love life. Exhibits in his Lichfield home point out many details. Highly recommended for an interesting hour or two.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

What a rip off when compared to Dr Samuel Johnsons home Rooms s disapointment Unhelpful as well as unfriendly staff Would not visit nor recommend at all

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Abbygail B, Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, responded to this review

David, We understand that it is not ideal that we charge admission, however as a charity we work hard to keep it low. We do not believe that £3 (or £2 conc) is too much for what we provide at the museum. Samuel Johnsons Birthplace is City Council owned and therefor subsidised. They are fortunate to be able to provide... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a great place to visit, interesting views on history and what went on in the Midlands in the earlier centuries. Worth the tour

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Erasmus Darwin the grandfather of Charles Darwin and a polymath in the true sense of the word. A medical doctor, scientist, poet,thinker, advocate of the abolition of slavery,inventor and his theories of evolution are expounded in the Zoonomia - perhaps inspiration for his grandson's later exploration of evolution. There is a walk that takes in the Erasmus Darwin story and... More

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Abbygail B, Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for the 5 star rating! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. More

Winsford Cheshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The visit to Charles Darwin's grandfather's house was very interesting. Erasmus Darwin was an English physician. One of the key thinkers of the Midlands Enlightenment, he was also a natural philosopher, physiologist, slave-trade abolitionist, inventor and poet. The house is very well kept with plenty of aidio aides and information on the work of this great man.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I am not religious in any way shape or form but the architecture of this cathedral is stunning both inside and out. As a photographer I have spent time inside and could spend hours trying to capture the beauty of the place. Well worth a visit

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Abbygail B, Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, however you seem to be referring to the Cathedral rather than Erasmus Darwin House! More

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

Whilst visiting the Cathedral we popped through the Darwin garden back to the car park and loved the garden in all its Spring floral glory. It's free to visit and worth the visit - the garden is small yet beautifully laid out - plus it has a very useful book shop that you can visit just before the garden.

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Located right by the Cathedral and with plenty of interesting exhibits, where the father of Charles lived and worked as a doctor for part of his life. It seems all the Darwins had very enquiring minds as some of his inventions described here clearly show, followed on by his more famous son.

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Winchester, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

At the back (originally the front) the house overlooks the ancient Cathedral Close, but Erasmus Darwin chose to extend the side facing the main London to Potteries Road and made that the front. A friend of Josiah Wedgwood, he was a leading medic and used his logical mind to solve many problems of the 18th Century. The exhibition in this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is the second time I have visited Lichfield and the second time I have visited Erasmus Darwin House whilst I was at the house I visited the tea room there and treated myself to some home made cake made by the volunteers there was lots going on for all family members. Lovely way to spend my Saturday,

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