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“Spent more time here than expected”

Charles Darwin Down House
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Downe
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely county house in the middle of nowhere with lots of hidden gems inside.

There is a lot to see and do at this place, making it suitable for all ages. The audio tour is very informative and let’s you go into whatever level of detail you like.

The car park is very small so make sure you allow extra time for finding somewhere to park.

Thank Clarkeboy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The exhibition and mock up of the Poop cabin of HMS Beagle where Darwin spent a great deal of his time during his voyage is really good. The staff are really keen to tell you of Darwin's history, so on a this occasion I didn't read most of the info as we were accompanied by an ex teacher who was a volunteer at Down house.
I would leave your visit to late April/May to get the benefit from the garden walk.

3  Thank davelanders2017
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

This lovely house is full of interesting facts about Darwin and his family and a great way to spend a few hours. Firstly we visited the exhibition rooms on the first floor and then took the audio guide to the ground floor rooms. Walked around the gardens, look out for the working bees in the greenhouse. Nice tearoom for a cuppa and a piece of flapjack or cream tea. Large carpark with overflow parking, although not the easiest place to find and lots of narrow lanes. Will definitely return for another visit.

1  Thank ahah2014
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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Interesting house but go on a nice day so you get your money’s worth and enjoy the grounds as well. I would join English heritage for a year as once you have been to a couple of sites it’s more value for money .

Thank Anne R
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Varied and very interesting.
A very good insight into Darwin's life.
Four adults spent about two and a half hours enjoying the well laid out and interesting displays.
It's National Trust so take your card if you have one.
Closed Monday/Tuesday until the end of March
Adult admission is £11.80 or £13.00 if you choose to Gift Aid ~ can someone explain why it costs us more for the HMRC to give the cause 25% extra to their funding?
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

1  Thank BoogieBopBruce
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