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Down House Gardens, near Orpington

Down House and Gardens the former home of Charles Darwin is a great place for a day out

Orchids, sundews, peas, hollyhocks and even weeds all played a central role in Charles Darwin’s evolutionary studies. Many of the experiments he conducted on them for over 40 years in his ‘living’ laboratory - his pretty garden at Down House near Orpington, Kent - have now been recreated by head gardener Toby Beasley and his team.  They form the highlight of twice-weekly expertly guided tours of the restored Victorian grounds taking place throughout the summer.
The tours graphically bring to life Darwin ’s prolific studies of nature in his gardens at Down House and in the surrounding countryside – the area selected as this year’s UK nomination to UNESCO for World Heritage Site status.

2020 Down House and Gardens are normally open most of year - see website for details


  • Street: Down House, Downe
  • Postcode: BR6 7JT
  • City: Orpington
  • County: Kent
  • Country: United Kingdom



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