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Charles Darwin Down House, Downe

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  • We hadn't planned to visit during our stay; so pleased that we did. Such an insight into Darwin's life. Be prepared to read a great deal of information. Audio available for some rooms and the garden. ...  read more »
  • Darwin had arguably the most profound impact on humanity and our understanding of the world we inhabit and his humble Kent home is a thought-provoking and fascinating testimony to his life and work. T...  read more »
  • Really interesting to learn more about an extremely influential man who lived only a few miles from me! You start with the upper floor, which has a room with various games, an introduction film, a rec...  read more »
  • Nicely organised gardens and interesting house. Exhibits tell an interesting story. Would be nice if more rooms were open to public or at least labelled to say what they originally were behind the doors. Gardens would have been nicer in bloom so will definitely come back later in the season to revisit.
  • A good day out. We spent around five hours there, but didn't manage to read all of the information boards. Nicely laid out with helpful staff. Quite a nice cafeteria, although when we were there lunchtime was extremely busy with nowhere to sit. As it was raining outside. We left it until the afternoon when it was quieter, but the jacket potatoes had all gone. We were then able to sit outside as the sun was out. Very nice gardens, with plenty of opportunity for photography, something you are not able to do in the house. I think Down House is one of those places to visit if you already know something of Darwin. Otherwise you may find it rather dull. Although there is one room laid out for children to solve puzzles etc, young children may soon lose interest in the house. Overall, well worth a visit.
  • Possibly this period of the year is not the best for visiting Kent, so the garden was a bit spoiled. However, the house is the main attraction regardless the time and the weather. Consider you have to pay quite an interesting fee at the entrance, I don't reckon the money are well spent. We haven't been offered the audio guide though we - as member - were entitled to. Upstairs is the clue of the visit, but there is not that much to see I would say. Downstairs just some room showing old stuff used by the family. Honestly, I don't think to return.
  • Really interesting English Heritage property. The bird display on the first floor, and the gardens are particular highlights. The cafĂ© is quite nice too.
  • Nicely split with more original feel rooms on the ground floor and exhibitions about his voyage on the Beagle upstairs. The hologram of his cabin on the ship gives a good idea of what it might have been like. The Gardens were a bit of a disappointment, and the cafe was poorly organised
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