Erasmus Darwin House


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 Darwin.

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 our primary school programme on our website.

Getting here and parking

On Main Roadway

Can be accessed from both Beacon Street and The Close - opposite Lichfield Cathedral which is signposted from all the major roads into Lichfield.

Nearby Station

Lichfield City train station.


Opening Times

November - March open from Thursday to Monday, 11am - 4pm. April - October open from Monday to Sunday, 11am - 5pm. Please visit our website for Bank Holiday opening hours.


  • Fully accessible disabled toilet available
  • Public toilets available
  • Weddings and Conference Facilities Available


Free entry

Child Entry


Adult Entry



Access, lifts and ramps

  • There is lift access to the main public areas

Contact Us

Beacon Street
WS13 7AD

01543 306260