Charles Darwin made one of history’s most important voyages, but once back in England, he barely left his home here in the idyllic parish village of Downe. Upstairs you’ll find out about the man and his life (did you know the scientist who theorized about mutation married his own first cousin?) and downstairs, guided by an audio tour narrated by Sir David Attenborough, you’ll explore his study, his greenhouse, and his enchanting garden of lawns and breezy fields. No wonder he never left again. There are two charming country pubs to enjoy while you wait for the bus back; your Oyster card will get you here.
Home of Charles Darwin—Down House
Luxted Rd., Downe, Kent
Our Rating Hours Apr–Sept daily 10am–6pm; Oct–Nov daily 10am–5pm; Nov– mid-Feb Sat–Sun 10am–4pm; mid-Feb–Mar Wed–Sun 10am–4pm Transportation National Rail: Bromley South, then bus no. 122 and 7-min. walk Phone 0370/333-1181 Prices Admission £12 adults, £10.80 seniors and students, £7.20 children 5–17; posted prices are higher and include “gift aid.” Web site Home of Charles Darwin—Down House
MapLuxted Rd., Downe, Kent London
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