The nearest station to Down House is Bromley South, from here you can catch the 146 bus to Downe Church. It's then just a 9-minute walk to reach 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.

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Weekdays06:00 - 21:30
Saturday 06:20 - 21:30
Sunday 06:40 - 21:30
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at the right hand side of station building
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More about down house

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.

Departures and arrivals from Bromley South

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to RamsgateSoutheastern09:424On time
to London VictoriaSoutheastern09:473On time
to SevenoaksThameslink09:532On time
to London BlackfriarsThameslink09:531On time
to OrpingtonSoutheastern09:562On time
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from London VictoriaSoutheastern09:414On time
from RamsgateSoutheastern09:453On time
from London BlackfriarsThameslink09:522On time
from SevenoaksThameslink09:521On time
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