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Trips are arranged under four exciting, curriculum-linked themes

Imagination and Curiosity – English and the Arts - Exploring the power of imagination and how it can be harnessed to change the world

People and the Planet – Science and Geography - Empowering young people to play an active role in creating a sustainable future

Breakthroughs and Discoveries – STEM and History - Investigating the moments of genius that have enabled humanity to progress

Journeys and Adventures – PSHE & Skills Development - Celebrating the broadening of horizons and stepping outside of your comfort zone

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Down House – English Heritage

Luxted Road, Downe, BR6 7JT. England

Explore and discover the authentic Victorian interiors, reflecting the home in which Darwin and his wife Emma raised their children. An immersive on-site exhibition guides you through Darwin’s voyage aboard the Beagle from 1831-36, his scientific discoveries and the impact of his revolutionary theories on Victorian society. Continue your voyage outside to the extensive gardens and explore key parts of the site where Darwin undertook some of his experiments!

GBST OFFER – English Heritage have a fantastic offer for a free Discovery Visit: ‘Darwin’s Daring Discoveries’ for 30 pupils, see below for more information. This offer is applicable for schools with over 30% free school meals. Click ‘Apply Now’ for a chance to apply for this offer.

Don’t forget, if you are looking for help with funding the cost of your trip, you can apply for a bursary!

Venue resources

Risk Assessment PDF 0.12MB Download
Parent Letter Template PDF 0.18MB Download
Check List PDF 0.13MB Download
Amplification Toolkit PDF 0.88MB Download
Breakthroughs & Discoveries Content 7-11 ZIP 12.31MB Download
Breakthroughs & Discoveries Content 11-14 ZIP 12.31MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Imagination & Curiosity Content 7-11 ZIP 12.13MB Download
Imagination & Curiosity Content 11-14 ZIP 12.13MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 7-11 ZIP 12.2MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 11-14 ZIP 12.2MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
People & the Planet Content 7-11 ZIP 12.16MB Download
People & the Planet Content 11-14 ZIP 12.16MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download

Looking for a bursary to support your trip?

We know that funding a school trip isn’t always easy. If you are looking for help with costs, you can apply for the Great British School Trip bursary. This can help with the cost of travel or entry tickets to any Great British School Trip partner venue.

Simply fill in our bursary form and let us know how we might help.

Book via The Great British School Trip and your school will be automatically entered into our fantastic competition! See details below.

Discovery Visits at Down House

Discovery Visits at Down House

In this hands-on and fun session, students investigate Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection both inside the house as well as in the gardens. Students will develop scientific skills and be taken around key rooms of the house and parts of the garden with an expert Discovery Visit leader.

Availability: Monday – Friday during term time throughout the year. Sessions last for 1.75 hours.

More information
Competition

Education at English Heritage

Inspire your students in the places where history really happened on a free self-led visit or an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop. The following offers are included as part of The Great British School Trip:

FREE SELF-LED VISITS

You can bring your class to any of our sites entirely free of charge. We offer free entry to pre-booked schools, as well as free planning visits to help you make the most out of your day. Use our free downloadable resources to help with your planning and risk assessment.

EXPERT-LED WORKSHOPS

Award-winning and immersive Discovery Visits are available at selected sites from just £100 per session per class. Students of all ages and abilities can meet characters from the past, role-play or handle intriguing objects.

Venue Details

Contact

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/home-of-charles-darwin-down-house/schools/

Address

Luxted Road, Downe
BR6 7JT. England