Plan Your Visit

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are closed?

    House - Some rooms may remain closed to keep to social distancing guidelines.

    Glass Houses - Due to their enclosed spaces the glass house and laboratory will remain closed.

  • What changes have you made to your facilities?

    House - The house is open with a one way route and limited capacity inside. Some rooms may remain closed for your safety. Visitors will need to wear face masks when inside the house.

    Cafe - The tea room will be open offering a takeaway service of light refreshments. There is no internal seating available and limited outdoor seating.

    Shop - The shop will be open with limited numbers of shoppers at any one time.

    Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available on site.

    Access - Please note tat some pathways including the sandwalk can be difficult for wheelchair users due to loose gravel.

    Plan your Visit

  • How are you keeping us safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

An old map that can be seen at Down House, the home of Charles Darwin

Directions

Go to our Directions page and plan your journey to Home of Charles Darwin - Down House by car or public transport.

You will find parking information, post code for sat nav, and our address at the bottom of the page.

Facilities

Find out what Facilities are available for your day out.

Here you can find out everything you need to know about parking, toilets and shopping at Home of Charles Darwin - Down House as well as other useful information.

Access

Look up Access information for your visit. We have detailed information about what to expect if you have particular needs regarding:

  • Mobility/Older Visitors
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Culinary/Dietary
  • Health and Safety

Group Visits

Find out what you need to know for Group Visits.

Look up what discounts there are for groups, as well as how to book your group visit, and see information about tours that may be available.

Frothy coffee in English Heritage's tearoom

Food and Drink

Find out what food and drink we offer at the Home of Charles Darwin.

Enjoy a tasty lunch or quick afternoon treat in our café. The café is in the kitchen where all Darwin's meals were prepared.

Some of the dishes use site-grown produce from the Kitchen Garden and local produce.

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