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“Beautiful cottage garden in the middle of a city”

Erasmus Darwin House
Ranked #5 of 25 things to do in Lichfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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260 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Beautiful cottage garden in the middle of a city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Whilst visiting the Cathedral we popped through the Darwin garden back to the car park and loved the garden in all its Spring floral glory. It's free to visit and worth the visit - the garden is small yet beautifully laid out - plus it has a very useful book shop that you can visit just before the garden.

Visited May 2014
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Malaga, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Nice old house with lots of history.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

Located right by the Cathedral and with plenty of interesting exhibits, where the father of Charles lived and worked as a doctor for part of his life. It seems all the Darwins had very enquiring minds as some of his inventions described here clearly show, followed on by his more famous son.

Visited April 2014
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Enlighting story of an Enlightenment Genius”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

At the back (originally the front) the house overlooks the ancient Cathedral Close, but Erasmus Darwin chose to extend the side facing the main London to Potteries Road and made that the front. A friend of Josiah Wedgwood, he was a leading medic and used his logical mind to solve many problems of the 18th Century. The exhibition in this house ably captures the man and his wide range of activities. It does this through the medium of an excellent video by Adam Hart Davis, realistic tableaux in a number of rooms and clear demonstrations of his inventions including an artificial speaking machine, stable steering gear for coaches, an early Water Closet and a vertical windmill. Two generations before his grandson Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution Erasmus was convinced that all life had come from the sea. Many tableaux that include clothed mannequins often look as though the clothes are for a different model entirely. Here the models fill the clothes most realistically and it is most engaging. This exhibition would be of interest to adults interested in the 18th century and children who would enjoy the feeling of discovery.
There is a small charge to enter and it seemes very cheap to me

Visited May 2014
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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“Differently worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

This is the second time I have visited Lichfield and the second time I have visited Erasmus Darwin House whilst I was at the house I visited the tea room there and treated myself to some home made cake made by the volunteers there was lots going on for all family members. Lovely way to spend my Saturday,

Visited April 2014
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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“interesting but glad we did not pay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

A very interesting museum and we managed to go on a day that entry was free.I feel that they could to a lot more with it however, and as much as I realise that space is limited they must improve the facilities to get the younger generations interested.

Visited May 2013
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