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Home of Charles Darwin Down House

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Lovely house and gardens

You start the tour upstairs, which is like a museum, then collect an audio tour for the downstairs... read more

Reviewed yesterday
High Wycombe
Breathtaking !

What a fantastic visit we had to Down House. The staff were most pleasant and extremely helpful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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With its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House, the family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin, is a must-see. Stand in the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', stroll through the gardens that...more
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Down House Luxted Road, Downe, Bromley BR6 7JT, England
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Reviewed yesterday

You start the tour upstairs, which is like a museum, then collect an audio tour for the downstairs rooms. It was really interesting and well worth a visit. The icing of the cake was to enjoy a stroll in the colouful gardens. Nice cafe and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very intense staff - perhaps too much so at the time of our visit. We felt pounced on by the 5 men on duty in the shop who were more interested in shouting across to eachother re sales. No photography at all in house -...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic visit we had to Down House. The staff were most pleasant and extremely helpful. This is a must visit place and a hidden gem.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Trippingjay
Reviewed 1 week ago

Downe House makes a very enjoyable visit, where you can learn more about Charles Darwin and his family, wander in the pleasant gardens and enjoy an excellent lunch. I went with a friend who has difficulty walking, and I was allowed in free, as a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Millie024
Reviewed 1 week ago

This review is a little late, but better late than never. My husband and I were visiting London for the first time in June and a visit to Down House was on the top of our list of priorities. It did not disappoint. The home...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank sourmilknightmares
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A treat to gain some insight it's a Darwin learn about his life and see where he created one of the great works of science.

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank Navigator211547
Reviewed 1 week ago

Down House was a family home - and it feels like it. Our trip was very informative, but also 'relaxing', we had plenty of time to amble around & see everything. The volunteers at the House were helpful & extremely pleasant

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank Jillikins_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

Charles Darwin’s home was beautiful, set in a peaceful location, with beautifully kept gardens with a huge veggie plot, The house is full of history and details of the Darwin family, and was very interesting. They have talks going on at certain times there, which...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank pennys246
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting tour of the indoors with all the history of Charles Darwin with outdoor gardens to explore and refreshment and gift shop thrown in. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank johartrog
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Living in Kent I didn't realise Charles Darwin's house was so close by..! After parking in the attached car park I used my Barclays Rewards to gain entry for Myself and my Wife. We also booked onto a free guided tour at the admission desk...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Z3273YKianc
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July 21, 2019|
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Response from Christopher O | Reviewed this property |
All details about Down House including prices can be found on the English Heritage website. If you are a member of English Heritage, it's free. Otherwise it's adults £12.70; children £7.60; £11.40 concessions; £33.00 family... More
June 24, 2019|
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Response from GrahamN354 | Reviewed this property |
1 to 2 hours with a cup of tea at the cafe
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May 19, 2019|
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Response from GrahamN354 | Reviewed this property |
Easy, get an Oyster travel card from Central London get to London Victoria train station (near and at the back of Buckingham Palace), take a train to Bromley South (approx 20 mins on a fast train), turn right out of the... More