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Erasmus Darwin House

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Address: Darwin House Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7AD, England
Phone Number:
+44 1543 306260
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It...

Erasmus Darwin was one of the greatest polymaths of the 18th century. It has been said that no one since has rivaled his achievements in such a wide range of fields. Indeed, he posited a coherent theory of evolution a full 70 years before his grandson Charles. This beautiful Georgian town house and previous home of Erasmus is dedicated to his life and achievements. Set in an ancient part of Lichfield city centre, the house contains a wealth of information about this fascinating man through videos, audio guides and several hands-on exhibitions and also provides a window into Georgian life. There is also a wonderful herb garden to stroll through and a gift shop. There are plenty of activities and workshops for all ages so do check our website for various events throughout the year!

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Well worth a visit. Very informative and interesting. Warm rooms and very kind staff who are volunteers. Lots of scientific and interactive items to touch. Dressing up clothes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Very informative and interesting. Warm rooms and very kind staff who are volunteers. Lots of scientific and interactive items to touch. Dressing up clothes for the children. Would recommend and is free of charge which I thought was amazing.

Thank Chickweed2015
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Had a really fun day out here, great place to visit and would really recomend There is more to the place

Thank Mark S
Lichfield, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Erasmus Darwin's House - the home of Charles Darwin's granddad. A classic Georgian house. Erasmus Darwin, general practitioner, botanist, inventor is commemorated not only by rooms he used, but also in his garden, containing his original choice of plants. Though living to a goodly age himself he might well have found the four flights of stairs a challenge

Thank rockyLichfield_UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

You enter the house through Erasmus Darwin's physic garden which is full of plants used in his role of doctor. They weren't seen at their best in November, but are still interesting. The house is crammed full of Erasmus Darwin's scientific writing, his poetry, his amazing models. He was a real Renaissance man. His ideas about evolution inspired his grandson... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

The guide made viewing the house and gardens very interesting. If you enquire it's also possible that you may be able to view the cellar too. He gives a very good account of how the property would have been used historically and how it has been altered over the years. Very interesting.

Thank Joanne L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We really enjoyed our visit. The staff were so enthusiastic and the museum is really interesting. It is very people-friendly - not at all 'pompous'. There's an amusing informative video, activities and an abundance of facts, simply written. Well worth a visit and we couldn't believe it was free, although we happily made a contribution. We will return.

Thank brijill2
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

a lovely property to visit. very interesting, plenty to see. Free entry, make a donation if you wish. very accessible, the house has a lift installed for those who have issues with climbing stairs. Well worth a visit, the garden is lovely in the summer.

Thank kate r
England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Interesting museum to spend half an hour or so, friendly staff and we learned something new so all in all a good experience. Lovely little garden but was wet on the day we visited, would definitely recommend if in the area!

Thank NS57
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Lichfield appears to like to shout about its history and to this end all the museums have free entrance, close to the cathedral this is another pleasant ant interesting place to visit, not big but certainly worth an hour of anyones time.

Thank Howlo
Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We took our grandchildren for the afternoon. The five year old loved the mouse trail, and she and the three year old and loved dressing up in the old fashioned clothes. It was more suitable for a 5 year old than a 3 year old. The entrance was free, so we gave a donation. There was much more for us... More 

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