Down House was Charles Darwin’s home,
where the world-famous 19th Century scientist developed his incredibly
influential theory of evolution by natural selection and wrote his
seminal text On The Origins of Species. Down House is now operated by
English Heritage as a museum and a visit to this attraction is perhaps
the most important thing to do in London if you have a passion for
science or a belief in atheism.
Located in the village of Downe within the London Borough of Bromley, Down House is one of London’s most isolated and obscure attractions, and a visit to Charles Darwin’s home could provide some light relief if the majority of your visit to London has been spent in the hustle and bustle of the city’s central boroughs.
Down House’s highlights include interactive media tours, narrated by the famous broadcasters, David Attenborough and Andrew Marr; a replica of Darwin’s cabin from HMS Beagle; a virtual tour of the great man’s study; and the famous ‘Thinking Path’. London tourists with a keen interest in Darwin should also visit the Natural History Museum’s Darwin Centre and the ZSL London Zoo.
Nearest Tube/Railway StationBromley South (you then need to catch the 146 bus)
BoroughLondon Borough of Bromley
Opening TimesDown House is normally open seven days a week during the summer but only at weekends during the winter. Check the official website, listed below, for full details.
Address / Contact DetailsDown House, Luxted Road, Downe, Orpington, London BR6 7JT
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