Trains to Down House
You’ve got three options for getting to Down House. Bromley South station, with trains to London Victoria and London St Pancras International is just under six miles away, and the 146 bus runs to Downe village from the station. Both Chelsfield and Orpington stations are just under four miles away connecting the Down House to London Victoria, London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street. The R8 bus from Orpington station passes the property.
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About Down House
It was at home in Down House that naturalist Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution by natural selection, which is now a centrepiece of modern scientific thought. And the house remains almost as if Darwin and his family have just popped out, with the old study - complete with furniture, fittings, specimens and notebooks – laid out just as it was when he penned his masterwork, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
It seems only right that the free interactive tour is narrated by Sir David Attenborough and Andrew Marr, and that visitors can walk freely through the gardens that were so important to the father of evolution. The greenhouses are even still stocked with the same plant specimens, including rare orchids and carnivorous plants, that he used for botanical experiments. Upstairs, on the first floor of the Georgian house, is the award-winning exhibition with his notebooks and explanations of the furore his ideas caused as it shook Victorian society to the core.
With your head heaving with ideas from the gentleman naturalist, make your way to Darwin’s old kitchen, now the cafe, and tuck into something grown in Down House’s very own kitchen garden.
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 to 17:00
Winter opening times vary.
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