Erasmus Darwin House

Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7AD
2 Beacon Street Lichfield England WS13 GB

A stunning Georgian home of Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin and leading 18th century doctor, scientist, botanist, inventor and poet.

Founder member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham – the main intellectual powerhouse of England’s Industrial Revolution – with such luminaries as Matthew Boulton and Josiah Wedgwood.

One of the foremost physicians of his time, able to decline a request from King George III to be his personal doctor, as he preferred life in Lichfield. He was also the most popular poet of the 1790s.

His theories of biological evolution, by means of natural selection, were handed down from father to son and finally proven by his grandson Charles.

There’s something for everyone in his restored Grade I Listed home – period furnishings, interactive displays, video and fun children’s activities. The stunning herb garden – inspired by Darwin’s 18th century botanic garden – is a treat for the senses.

Located in the idyllic Cathedral Close, just 1 mile from local train and bus stations, and a 5 minute walk from the city centre.

Programme of events includes themed workshops, lectures and family weekends. Find out more about their primary school education programme their website.

Opening Times:
April to October, Monday to Sunday 11am – 5pm
November to March Thursday to Sunday 11am – 4pm
Open Bank Holiday Mondays
Closed Christmas and Boxing Day

Costs: Free Entry

Photo Credits: © Erasmus Darwin House

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