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Charles Darwin Down House, Downe

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  • Why a must see? Because of learning about Darwin's meticulous approach to learning about all things in his world and how they made up an ecosystem. This place was Darwin's lab. And the question that m...  more »
  • A bit of a walk after the train and bus, but take your time and you'll enjoy it. Lovely home and gardens, a nice cafe for soup and sandwich. The audio guide is the best I've been offered. So much info...  more »
  • Visited this place in the winter and and now revisited it in summer, mainly to see the gardens. Worth do? Sort of as you get a different perspective of what was grown and how things could've looked. N...  more »
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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.