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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.

Contact Details and Map

Beacon Street
WS13 7AD

Tel: 01543 306260

Email: enquiries@erasmusdarwin.org

Website: http://www.erasmusdarwin.org

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Getting here and parking

By Road

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

Nearest Train Station

Lichfield City train station.

Parking Facilities

No dedicated parking


Opening Hours

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.

Open all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day)


Free Entry


  • Gift shop(s) on site
  • Weddings and Conference Facilities Available

Schools and education

  • School packages available


Access, lifts and ramps

  • There is lift access to the main public areas
Fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Events at this venue