HOW TO GET THERE
Darwin moved to Downe to escape the City and was attracted to the area by its peaceful rural characteristics.
Darwin said of the area: "I think I was never in a more perfectly quiet country"
Our aim is to conserve this landscape.
The attractive village of Downe, forms part of the area for the nominated World Heritage Property and often reaches its capacity for cars and visitors but car parking is limited around the village.
Restrictions are in place to control this and we suggest using public transport to ensure maximum enjoyment for all visitors and reduce overcrowding.
Weekends and school holidays are the busiest times in the area. To avoid these times why not visit during the week when parking is more available and numbers are fewer.
We wish to preserve the heritage and landscape of the nominated World Heritage Property for future generations. Please help us in this and consider local residents by respecting the area and following parking restrictions.
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How to get to The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House:
Road access: Down House is in Luxted Road, Downe, off A21. Limited parking.
Train access: Orpington Station: 3.5 miles Bromley South Station: 6 miles
Bus access: Bus service 146 to Downe from Bromley North and South stations. Service R8 from Orpington Station. Sunday and Public holiday services.
See list above for all bus routes.
Telephone: 01689 859119
How to reach the nominated World Heritage Property:
Nearest Stations: Orpington, Hayes or Bromley South. You will then need to take one of the bus routes detailed below.
Buses to the Site:
146 (Mon-Sun) Bromley to Downe via Keston
246 Bromley to Westerham via Hayes Station, Keston and Leaves Green
320 Bromley to Biggin Hill via Keston and Leaves Green
358 Orpington to Crystal Palace via Farnborough village and Bromley
402 (Mon-Sat) Bromley to Tunbridge Wells via Farnborough village
R2 (Mon-Sat) Petts Wood to Biggin Hill via Orpington, Keston and Leaves Green
R5 (Mon-Sat) Orpington circular to Orpington via Knockholt and Cudham
R8 (Mon-Sat) Orpington to Biggin Hill via Downe
Download the TFL bus route map
For more details of how to reach places within the Property, including natural history information about some of the areas, also train and bus times, a journey planner and online maps, see:
http://wildweb.london.gov.uk and http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk
For access to Downe Bank please contact Kent Wildlife Trust
For access to Blackbush Shaw please contact the Woodland Trust
For access to High Elms Country Park please contact the London Borough of Bromley