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Charles Darwin Down House

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Address: Down House Luxted Road, Downe, Orpington BR6 7JT, England
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

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Interesting talks on Origin Day

Visited on Origin Day last year using our 2 for 1 Gardeners' World cards. Attended the three talks on the house, the garden and the family. Ate lunch in the cafe. The weather... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited on Origin Day last year using our 2 for 1 Gardeners' World cards. Attended the three talks on the house, the garden and the family. Ate lunch in the cafe. The weather wasn't great, so we didn't explore the garden. Had a really enjoyable, interesting day. The talks made the day.

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Hi cngj Thank you so much for your review of Down House from last Novembers Origin Day. I am so pleased you enjoyed the 3 talks you attended, but it is a shame you didn't have the opportunity to visit the gardens. I hope you can come back and see us soon, perhaps in the summer so you can see... More 

London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have had a lovely Sunday afternoon visit to Down house. The volunteers and staff were all very friendly and helpful. We were told that the average visit could take about 2.5 hours. However we arrived a bit late in the day and could have spent longer as we didn't include a stop for tea or the little shop. We... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Dear emeraldandgold Thank you so much for your 5 star review of Down House, I am so pleased you enjoyed a lovely Sunday afternoon with us. I am also so pleased that you found all the volunteers and staff helpful! It's sounds like you had a great time learning about Darwin and it's great that you found the audio guide... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited during February half term. Kids had an amazing time getting to know Mr & Mrs Darwin and getting involved in making Venus flytraps. Staff were really nice & helpful. House decor, Darwin's personal effects, the beautiful garden and the green house were well worth the visit. It was such an amazing feeling to be in the same house... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Hi 111Dawn Thank you so much for your 4 star review of Down House, I am so pleased your kids had a great time with us over the half term meeting the Darwins. I am also really pleased your found the staff friendly and helpful and enjoyed the amazing atmosphere of the house. I hope you can come back and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Down House was interesting and Mr and Mrs Darwin were superb (highlight of the trip). Darwin would be ashamed at the evolution of the cafe prices. £4 for tea for 2...£3.50 for a slice of cake. Really felt like a rip off. Go for the interesting subject but matter take your sandwiches and drinks with you.

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Hi Johnmc809 Thank you for sharing your review of Down House with TripAdvisor. I am really pleased you enjoyed the children's event with Charles and Emma Darwin. I am however sorry to hear you were not so pleased with our tea room prices. Our prices are matched with other English Heritage sites and competitive with local historical visitor attractions and... More 

Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

Our family of 2 young children, parents and grandparents spent a very enjoyable few hours at Down House today (16th Feb). We found it fascinating and the staff were more than happy to answer any questions. The highlight for us was the talk by 'Mr & Mrs Darwin', who put every effort into their brilliant characterisations and involved the children... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Hi n0rwegianblue Thank you so much for your 5 star review of Down House, I am so pleased that you had a enjoyable time and were able to enjoy our 'Discover with Darwin' event. I hope you can come back and see us again in the summer for more of our events. More 

Cuddington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Travelled 200 miles to visit Down House from Cheshire to Kent. What an amazing property, set in beautiful grounds, the house is fantastic. Downstairs everything looks as is the Darwin family have just popped out, upstairs has a replica of Darwin's cabin on the Beadle, a children's playroom and other interesting rooms. There is a small simple cafe leading to... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Hi QueenofIroning Thank you so much for your 5 star review of Down House and thank you so much for making such a large journey to come and see us! I am so pleased you all had an enjoyable time and enjoyed learning about Charles Darwin. I hope you can come back and see us again in the summer months. More 

Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is an interesting place to visit, at a relaxed pace. Coffee shop and grounds to enjoy. Staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Hi Mari0n0309 Thank you so much for your 5 star review, I am so pleased you found it interesting and that you could enjoy it at a relaxed pace. It is also great to hear you found the staff friendly and helpful. I hope you can come and see us again soon. More 

Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We took 7 and 10 year-old girls on a snowy saturday. Much to our surprise they loved it, particularly the mock-up of the cabin on the Beagle. The play room was a welcome interlude before the audio-guided ground floor rooms. The guide was very informative and appealed to the children as well as the adults. Next time we hope to... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Hi EMC285 Thank you so much for sharing your 4 star review of Down House, I am so pleased you enjoyed the site on a snowy saturday and that your girls really enjoyed it. You will have to come back in the summer to explore the gardens as there is so much more to see! More 

Orpington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Down House was a great couple of hours spent on a Saturday afternoon. While I personally don't agree with all of Darwin's theories, I was fascinated with the history surrounding his voyage on the Beagle, his discoveries, and his everyday life. What a lovely home and lovely setting. The gardens were wonderful. This would be an excellent place to take... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Hi mmcdon50 Thank you so much for your 5 star review of Down House, I am so pleased you enjoyed learning about the history of his voyage and enjoyed the family home feel of the house. I hope you can come back and see us soon. More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

It all looked so pretty in the snow! Very good garden tour, audio guide and self guided extra rooms. We really enjoyed the whole visit. So much information about the great man! The staff are wonderful, very helpful. I have no idea why I haven't been before, I'm already planning when to take friends there. Thanks to you all for... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Charles Darwin Down House, responded to this review

Hi ChampagneTruffle Thank you so much for your 5 star review of Down House, I am so pleased you enjoyed the whole visit and that you were lucky enough to see it in the snow. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends soon and hope that you have another fantastic visit. More 

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