Nestled in Lichfield’s idyllic Cathedral Close, Erasmus Darwin House is an independent, accredited Museum that was once the family home of doctor, inventor and published poet Erasmus Darwin (1731 – 1802). With its unique place in Georgian history Darwin House showcases the breadth of Erasmus Darwin’s interests and achievements which laid the foundations for his grandson and evolutionary biologist Charles.
Ponder in the room where leading Midland industrialists and thinkers were thought to have gathered and shared ground-breaking ideas. Discover the herbs in our tranquil garden used to season Mrs Darwin’s cooking. Learn about the medicinal qualities of plants with which Erasmus treated his patients (often free of charge!). Look through his personal journal to get a sense of his original mind and uncover what inspired his many theories and inventions including a flushing toilet and a speaking machine to name a few. Explore Darwin’s work through interactive exhibits, replica costumes and historical objects.
The museum is free to enter, although donations are always appreciated.
Map & Directions
Can be accessed from both Beacon Street and The Close - opposite Lichfield Cathedral which is signposted from all the major roads into Lichfield.
Public Transport Directions
Accessible by Public Transport: Lichfield City station is 1 mile away.
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Children welcome
- Education/study area
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Facilities for conferencing
- Venue approved for civil marriage
- Wedding receptions
- Parking with charge
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
|Winter (30 Oct 2022 - 30 Mar 2023)|
|Tuesday - Wednesday||Closed|
|Thursday - Sunday||11:00||- 16:00|
|Summer (1 Apr 2023 - 29 Oct 2023)|
|Monday - Sunday||11:00||- 17:00|
|Bank Holiday||11:00||- 17:00|
* Please note that the house is occasionally closed or has restricted access for private events. Please call or check website to confirm opening times at Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Year.