Charles Darwin Down House, Downe

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  • August 19, 2017
    This is an English Heritage property so free if you are a member (you can join at the door if you want to do so, but don't have to, the choice is yours). Charles Darwin was a key figure in history who...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    We visited with our three grand daughters -age 4 to 8. As it was school holidays there was an activity arranged for children. They were told the story of an early fossil collector by a wonderful narra...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    As holder of the English Heritage Passport and lover who was County of Kent a visit here not missed. I was surprised how lovingly it has restored the House with original gifts of the family in Darwin's time. In some areas, especially in his study it feels sometimes, he was stood up from the Chair. The unusually open and progressive nature of this family, including children, is described very nicely. The audio guide, discussed by Attenborough leads one with lots of additional information by the ground floor - living room, study room, billiards room, hallway. Upstairs, where you should start, you can find the introduction in the world tour of Darwin's on the "Beagle" – you can explore this floor without leadership, as all necessary information is available. The garden with Greenhaus, Sandwalk etc offers plenty of space to walk and the views over the Kent countryside is beautiful. Everywhere you will find corners that invite you to linger. Don't forget the camera! In the House itself, you may shoot only in the newly designed bedrooms. The Bistro offers seating inside and outside to enjoy the delicious cakes, scones and small warm dishes.
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  • Lovely day out. Very interesting information provided and a beautiful garden. The cafe serves hot and cold food and there is also seating outside. Worthwhile visit if you are in the area.
  • Coming to Down House is a truly lovely experience every time. I've been coming here for the past 8 years and it's never boring or tiresome. There's so much to see and learn about such an incredible scientist and father. The gardens are gorgeous and there are some great walks in the surrounding area. The tea rooms are cute and there's lots of choice regarding sweet treats etc. The house probably takes about one hour to get around if you read everything closely. The toilets could be improved and enlarged, but it's not terrible by any means.
  • Fascinating place to visit. We had some American friends staying with us, who are hugely interested in British culture and history so this was the perfect place to bring them followed by a pub lunch.
  • Important historical property, the home of Charles Darwin, where most of his evolution research was carried out. Lovely location with good local walks in surrounding countryside. Thanks to the National Trust.
  • Fascinating. The activities for children are pitched for older kids and not so entertaining for little ones. If you coincide with at least one coach party it can get pretty full very quickly.

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