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Visit the Home of Charles Darwin

The origin of mankind starts in Kent. It is here in the south east of England that monkey became man, science was turned upside down, and faith in God was brought into question.

For it is in Kent that you will find Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, whose theory on The Origin of the Species changed the world world forever.

I'm not quite sure the exact year it was built, but Down House has been around since at least 1651. The Darwins lived there between 1842-1906, after which, it became a girl's school. The original school moved premises in 1922, and another took its place. This, however, was unsuccessful and closed down in 1927. Since then, Down House has been a museum, open to the public between 10am-4pm. Tickets are 10 for adults, 9 concessions, and 6 for children.

You can wonder round at your own pace, but you will probably learn more by going on one of the scheduled tours.

Origin Weekend
23rd & 24th November, 11am-4pm, Free

A special weekend commemorating 'Origin Day', with talks and tours all day round.

Darwin and Lubbock
25th November, 11am-12.30pm, 22

This tour reveals the relationship Darwin had with John Lubbock, a banker and politician who was influential in the development of the evolution theory.

Twilight Tours
28th November, 6pm-8pm, 5th & 12th December, 12

See Down House in a new light - torchlight, that is - in a late evening tour.
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When: 23rd Nov - 4th Feb
Phone: 0870 333 1181
Where: Downe
Cost: 10 adult, 9 concession, 6 child
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