Down House

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Charles Darwin's home from 1842 until his death in 1882, Down House witnessed the development of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. The house and gardens have been restored to look much as they would have in Darwin's time, including Darwin's study, where he undertook much of his reading and writing; the drawing room, where he tried out some of his indoor experiments; and the gardens and greenhouse, where some of his outdoor experiments are re-created.

There are three self-guided trails in the area, where you can follow in the great man's footsteps. Take bus 146 from Bromley North or Bromley South railway station, or service R8 from Orpington.