Down House

Down House


Down House was the home of Charles Darwin and his family for the last 40 years of his life.

Set in stunning Kentish countryside and only 15 miles from London, Down House is a day out to inspire all the family. The home of Charles Darwin for 40 years, here you can learn about his life and work and see our award winning exhibition. Don’t miss the study where he wrote ‘On the Origin of Species’ and take a walk down his ‘thinking path’. You can also relax on the veranda and in the gardens or have a bite to eat in the tearoom.
Address: Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, BR6 7JT
Telephone: 01689 859119
Opening times 2011:
April 1st – 30th June:
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11.00-17.00
1st July – 31st August:
Open daily 11.00-17.00
1st September – 31st October
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11.00-17.00
Please note on open days the ticket office, shop and grounds are open from 10.00
Prices 2011:
English Heritage members: Free
Adults: £9.90
Concessions (60+/students): £8.90
Children: £5.90
Under fives: Free
Family (2 adults and up to three children under 16): £25.70
Tearoom available
No picnics allowed on site
Disabled access
No dogs allowed on site
Audio-visual tour available


By road: Luxted Rd, Downe; off A21or A233

By train: Orpington 3¾ miles

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015