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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.

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DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:05 - 21:00
Saturday 06:05 - 21:00
Sunday 06:45 - 21:00
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Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayAvailable
Oyster topupAvailable
Oyster validatorAvailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Travel card zoneZone 6
Left LuggageUnavailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
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Baby changeUnavailable
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Customer help pointsAvailable
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DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces319
Carpark charges
Six Monthly£572.00
Three Monthly£286.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces58
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
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on either side of station
Step-free accessWhole station
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Access to all platforms and interchange via lifts.

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Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
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from London Charing CrossSoutheastern10:185On time
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