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Charles Darwin Down House, Downe
(4.4/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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  • Highly recommend for a few hours (we were there for about 3 hours including a lovely lunch). We learned a lot about the fascinating life of Charles Darwin and his family - please let the volunteers sh...  more »
  • Does very well in explaining CD achievements and the family's life and history at Down House. Plenty to occupy children. Must visit gardens and surrounding countryside so check weather before you go. 
  • Give credit where credit due; English Heritage have done a superb job renovating and up keeping this house. Depending on which mode of transport you take to get to the venue, the drive through the nar...  more »
  • Well worth a visit to get a glimpse into the home and family life of this great scientist. if the weather is nice the grounds and nursery are excellent for a short walk. if you arrive by bus the walk to the house from the busstop in the village is not too long but still a fair bit uphill,
  • 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.
  • Great day out , especially if you are interested in Darwin , theory of Evolution, Biology & so on. Nice property small by usual NT and EH standards , but well maintained and interesting gardens. Audio guide is available (and free) and is a must , chock full of facts and back story about Darwin , his travels, and family life. Rooms are well presented , downstairs represents Darwin's home as it was during his life there, upstairs is full of exhibitions , displays and films. Parking is free and plentyfull, but the place can get a little packed when busy. Facilities also include shop, cafĂ© with indoor and outdoor seating, toilets , audio guides. If you enjoy reading all the displays and info boards, listen to the audio guides and wander round the gardens then allow 2-3 hours for your visit, well worth it. Please note photography is not allowed inside Down House.
  • Well maintained, beautiful house and garden. Great audio tour. Lovely place on the whole.
  • Nice house. Friendly staff. Very interesting history. The gardens are quite impressive.