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This MIRROR SITE is an INTERFACE with links to the www-pages of Down House


The Natural History Museum's Down House

Now re-opened following renovations. Please contact English Heritage Booking Line on (44)870 603 0145 for opening times and further details. Entry is by timed ticket. Visit the Natural History Museum's page for an update on restoration efforts. There is now an official web page from the Natural History Museum regarding Down House, at
Charles Darwin photo Only 16 miles from the center of London, in Downe, is Charles Darwin's home, Down House, now part of the Natural History Museum.

His study, where he did most of his writing and microscope work, has been recreated from photographs. His "Sand Walk" for his daily walks and "thinking time" is open, out in the back of the large lawn and grounds. Picture
Several rooms of the house have been made into exhibits of letters and such. The house and grounds are a thoroughly nice place to spend an afternoon.

Now closed for renovations, Down House was formerly open on a regular schedule, Wednesday through Sunday, 1300-1800 (closed in February and the last half of December), plus bank holidays.

Travel Directions

By Train and Bus: From London's Victoria Station, buy a day return ticket for Bromley South; trains are frequent. At Bromley, take Bus 146 to Downe (except on Sundays). Down House is about a five minute walk up Luxted Road from the village. A cab from Bromley is about 9 pounds each way.

Driving Directions: Take the A21 to Bromley and Orpington; Down House is signposted at Farnborough and on the A233 near Biggin Hill.

The Natural History Museum, ex-BM(NH), took over the museum in 1993 and has plans for a major updating of the exhibits. The curator, Ms. Solene Morris, can be reached at
     Down House
     Luxted Road
     Kent,     BR6 7JT
     UK                       Telephone +(44)(1689) 859119
See the article, "Keeping Up Down House," in Natural History (8/96).

As of August 1997.

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