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Trip to Down House (home of Charles Darwin)

  • Jun 29, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Come along on Saturday 29th June for a trip to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin.

About the house
Downe House was where Charles Darwin worked on his scientific theories and wrote his groundbreaking theory; 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection'.

Down House was also Darwin's home for 40 years and his family's influence can be felt throughout, remaining much as it did when they lived here.  You will be able to see the armchair in which Darwin wrote his groundbreaking theory of evolution and wander the family rooms on the ground floor.

His study is much the same as it was in his lifetime and is filled with belongings that give you an intimate glimpse into both his studies and everyday life.  On the first floor you will be able to explore an exciting exhibition covering Darwin's life, his scientific work and the controversy it provoked, including: manuscript pages from the Origin of the Species, Darwin's hat, microscope and notebooks, and a full scale replica of the cramped cabin he inhabited aboard HMS Beagle.
Outside, we will be able to explore the extensive gardens.

The house and the village of Downe is like stepping back in time and we will also be able to visit St Mary The Virgin Church which is the resting place for his wife, brother and three of his children.



 

 

 

 

 

The house is located just outside of London and is a little tricky to get to, so the aim is to get the train to Bromley South (about 20 mins) and then a short bus journey to the house (about 12 minutes).  We are limited to the number we can take (unless you want to drive), as the bus from Bromley is quite small and only run one an hour.

Group entry to the house is £10 each (payable on the day). 

Bromley South is in Zone 5 and the bus trip should only be a couple of pounds.

Lookout for the sign at the station outside the main WH Smith shop (picture below). 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can't see us at the station, please call.

Hope to see you there!

Robert
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  • Russell

    the only downside of Down House (ooh sorry!) for me was the discovery - as those who were witness will attest - that in a contest between the ground and a smartphone screen the ground will always achieve a 'smashing' victory! What time does Carphone Warehouse open?!

    1 · June 30, 2013

    • Deb G

      I do feel for you Russell. I have a picture of the top of your head as you looked down at your phone. Hope it wasn't our fault fot messing about in Darwin's seat! Let us know that you managed to get it mended at reasonable cost. You were very calm if it happened to me I would be in a real panic. Does phone insurance cover this type of thing?

      1 · July 5, 2013

    • Russell

      Deborah, as Meredith would say, 'no worries mate!' It happened before we got to Darwin's Seat. Insurance rarely covers accidental damage - not that mine was insured anyway. Got it repaired the following day at Carphone Warehouse - £60, still that's £60 the bandits on the sandwich counter at the Globe won't be getting!!

      July 5, 2013

  • Deb G

    Can't wait to take my 4 year old great nieces to Darwin's House. It's lovely for children and adults alike. Enjoyed the toys and dressing up. Think Victorian fashion quite suited me as I seem to be in Meredith's photo in the hat? Am unleashing my inner child!

    July 5, 2013

  • Meredith S.

    Really looking forward to this excursion! I have wanted to see Down House for several years... I'm looking forward to seeing some friends there, as well as meeting some new ones! See you all on Saturday!

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • Pili

      Hello Meredith - see you in a while!! :-)

      1 · June 29, 2013

    • Deb G

      So nice to see you both and at last we had good weather - no pacamac! As I live locally I drove there and missed out on the rest of your evening. Hope I can enjoy a meal with you sometime. Have a lovely trip to Spain Pili.

      1 · July 5, 2013

  • Pili

    I had a truly wonderful day! Charles Darwin's house was amazing. It was very interesting to see where he actually worked/studied. The visit was very meaningful and I learnt new things about those involved in his life and work. I also enjoyed the surroundings - definitely truly inspirational for a scientist. Lovely sunny day and fantastic company :-) Thank you very much for organizing this visit, Robert.

    June 30, 2013

    • Pili

      Don't worry, Charlie - thank you! :-)

      1 · July 1, 2013

    • Pili

      Thank you, Charlie - have a lovely week! :-)

      1 · July 1, 2013

  • Robert

    Been before, but it's a brilliant house and gardens to visit, it's like going back in time walking in Darwin's footsteps! Really nice sunny day as well.

    June 30, 2013

  • Penny G.

    Thank you Robert- First Class

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Penny G.

      Hi meredith, hope that you are enjoying the sun?

      June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet U at Bromley station

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Meredith S.

      Hi Mladen... sorry we didn't chat... It was good to see you, though & I hope you got some great photos!

      June 30, 2013

  • Russell

    Yet another brilliant outing, how could such a small building contain such a wealth of information, amazing. Great weather, the usual good company, an enjoyable day rounded off with an awesome meal and totally random conversation, thank you Robert, Pili and Meredith.

    1 · June 30, 2013

    • Meredith S.

      I love when things continue in a spontaneous way! It was a great evening attested by the fact that I had no idea how late it was when I headed home! Thank you!

      June 30, 2013

  • Meredith S.

    Probably one of the best small museums I've been to, & the rooms which were recreated to reflect the Darwin's time living there were so well done! I felt as if Charles Darwin himself might come in to check on some specimens or collate some notes at any moment... the gardens were wonderful & the weather was just perfection! Thank you for another wonderful day, Robert!

    2 · June 30, 2013

    • Meredith S.

      Thank you, Charlie! I didn't know it was nominated... You are certainly well informed & a wealth of information! It would be great to meet you in person on one of the excursions some time!

      June 30, 2013

  • Pili

    I had a truly wonderful day! Charles Darwin's house was amazing. It was very interesting to see where he actually worked/studied. The visit was very meaningful and I learnt new things about those involved in his life and work. I also enjoyed the surroundings - definitely truly inspirational for a scientist. Lovely sunny day and fantastic company :-) Thank you very much for organizing this visit, Robert.

    June 30, 2013

  • Ru

    Great trip. Thank you Robert for organising.

    June 30, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Really Interesting. Beautiful house and setting. A little gem set in gorgeous Downe Village.

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Milada S.

    I saw this nu. I was waited to 10.00 then I went out.
    I'm sorry, I would be happy be there. Milada

    June 30, 2013

  • Roberta

    Very nice!

    June 29, 2013

  • Christine

    This was a lovely visit. - what a fantastic place on the first real summer's day of the year! So close to home and yet I've never been before but thanks to Robert for organising this.

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Penny G.

    Thank you Robert. Although I didn't find you.
    Wonderful as usual.
    Penny

    June 29, 2013

  • Simon

    Sorry. Had to go out of town urgently. Hopefully someone can have my spot from waiting list.

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry now unable to make it. Enjoy the House everyone.

    June 29, 2013

  • Ru

    Will drive and meet you at the house. What time are you expecting to arrive?

    June 28, 2013

    • Robert

      We will get there about 1:20pm.

      June 28, 2013

    • Ru

      Thanks Robert.

      June 29, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Really looking forward to this. A couple of friends of mine said it's an extraordinary place and the study and garden the highlights.

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Georgia L.

    Sorry I just cant' make it. Hope someone else can go in my place

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Helen

    Sorry, can't make it, something has come up.

    June 28, 2013

  • Beatriz

    Cool, I am in. Thanks Robert!
    My train pulls into Victoria at exactly 12noon, hopefully you'll be around for a few minutes :)

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Rob L.

    Very sorry for late cancel, I trust somebody on waitlist can take my place...

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Glenn

    Sorry - officially I'll have to decline as I need to be back in London by 5pm - however I may try to go along an hour or two earlier so I may bump in to you folks!

    2 · June 28, 2013

  • Patrycia

    I can't go anymore. I have to work tomorrow. :-(

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Rosalind

    Many apologies - I hadn't realised how infrequent public transport is to Down House - I shall be visiting the sick later on Saturday and don't want to spend the trip stressing about getting back...so I shall bow out in favour of a waiting list person

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Lia P.

    Sorry Robert but I won't be able to attend this meeting this week but I still want to be on your waiting list for August.

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Milada S.

    I understand I have to be early if I get it. I wait and see, would be very happy if yas

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Zana

    I will drive from Kent meet at the house

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Michael K.

    Sorry, Robert, but I forgot that the Lions were playing Australia at this time. Culture v Sport!

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Jacquelyn

    Very disappointed but now unable to make it - do hope enough notice for someone on wait list to go..have a great day.....

    June 24, 2013

  • Deb G

    Will probably drive or walk from High Elms so hope to see you there. Hope we hve better weather or it will be the packamac yet again.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Caroline S

    Sorry unable to make now Robert.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Lynn L.

    Sorry, but I'm no longer able to make it next Saturday. Hope you all have a great day.

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Lucie

    This is a great visit and I wish it was possible to join such a tour on a Sunday. Please let me know if there would be a possibility later on in the year. Thank you.

    June 9, 2013

    • Robert

      Yes, we will repeat the trip in August on a Sunday.

      4 · June 10, 2013

    • vivienne

      That's good, have wanted to go for ages but will be in Norfolk on another meet-up trip. Just hope I'm not working when you repeat it! Xx

      June 22, 2013

  • Lorella M.

    Alas, I can't come to this afterall :(

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • margaret

    Sounds a great trip Robert. Approx what time do you think we will get back?

    Thanks, Margaret

    June 18, 2013

  • Yvonne

    +1

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • Meredith S.

    Sounds wonderful! I've always wanted to visit this house but was never sure how to get there!!

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Ferran (.

    Have been there before but wish to return for something I missed. I have a copy of The origin of species.

    2 · June 8, 2013

  • Duncan

    went last year - this is a 5-star visit, make sure you do the trail around the grounds as well to see where he did a lot of his experiments, it's also worth reading up briefly beforehand to get the maximum from your visit

    3 · June 8, 2013

  • Helen

    Bus 146 leaves Bromley South station at 12.50pm & gets to Downe Village at 1.10pm. So if we miss that one, we have to wait until 1.54pm!
    http://www.londonbusroutes.net/times/146.htm

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I should be able to make it but I will meet you at Bromley Station

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • Denise

    I have already been - its well worth a visit.

    2 · June 8, 2013

  • Rosalind

    Sounds great fun!

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Sandra

    I've been but for those of you who haven't it's a real fascinating outing !

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    I'd like to meet at Bromley South please.

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Alicia

    What time do you estimate we'll be back?

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Helen

    I can meet you at Bromley station.

    1 · June 7, 2013

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