Down House

Down House is the former home of the English naturalist Charles Darwin and his family. It was in this house and garden that Darwin worked on his theories of evolution by natural selection which he had conceived in London before moving to Downe. It stands next to Luxted Road 0.25 miles (0.40 km) south of Downe, a village 14.25 miles (22.93 km) south east of London’s Charing Cross. In Darwin’s day Downe was a parish in Kent: it subsequently came under Bromley Rural District, and since 1965 is part of the London Borough of Bromley.

It has been submitted to the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The house, garden and grounds are in the guardianship of English Heritage, have been restored and are open to the public.

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