Next Event: 2007 Field Trip

Trip to Down House

Down House is a Grade 1 Listed building owned by English Heritage. It was here that Darwin put many of his theories onto paper. It is now a museum, which can be visited by the public between February and December. The grounds around the house can also be visited and demonstrate an exceptionally complete and well-documented survival of a 19th Century European villa garden. Much of Darwin’s experimental work, that led to his internationally significant theories, was carried out in the garden, meadows and woods of this small estate or in the surrounding countryside. Of particular importance is the famous Sand-Walk copse, or Darwin’s ‘thinking path’ which he walked round every day, and Great Puckland’s Meadow where Darwin collected numerous plants and insects.

Date: 19th May 2007

All are welcome: make sure to book your place by sending an email to before 30th April 2007.

LERN will cover entry costs to the house and gardens.
For more information follow the link below.

LERN will cover entry costs to the house and gardens but you will need to pay for your own transport. A Cheap Day Return to Orpington with a Young Person’s Railcard costs £3.75 (or £5.70 without). You will not need to book your ticket in advance, and we may be able to cover some travel costs.

Provisional Itinerary:

Meet at Charing Cross station at 11am.

Train from Charing Cross to Orpington 11.26am-11.59am

Bus from Orpington to Down House 12.18pm-12.34pm

Approx 4 hours at Down House

Bus from Down House to Orpington 16.20pm-16.35pm

Train from Orpington to Charing Cross 16.42pm-17.18pm

*Click here to download a poster for this event.