Other than allowing you to behold the exquisite interiors and the architecture, this tour is designed to introduce you to two most famous British people. One of them is the genius of science, Charles Darwin; and the other one is the great politician, Sir Winston Churchill. By visiting their houses in Kent you will discover more about them, along with certain confidential informations that would be difficult to pick up from book pages or TV screens.
Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924 until the end of his life and remains very much as it was when he lived there. The main rooms of the house are shown largely as they were in the 1920s and 30s, and contain personal memorabilia, books and family photographs.
The beautiful terraced garden yields breathtaking views over the Weald of Kent. The gardens also contain the lakes Sir Winston created and Lady Churchill's Rose Garden. There are also many of Churchill's paintings to see in his garden studio.
This stop may include a hearthy lunch on the premises with the kitchen, as approved by National Trust:http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell/
Down House is illustrious as it was Charles Darwin's family home for 40 years, and the very place where he researched, wrote and published his theories on evolution that changed the ways of science. Rare and unique collections, including many of Darwin's personal possessions, are on display in a new exhibition on the first floor. With the opportunity to observe Darwin`s family life you can find out for example how Darwin convinced himself to get married!
You can also have an intimate glimpse into Darwin's own scientific origins through an impressive and detailed replica of his cabin onboard HMS Beagle – the vessel which was to be his home for almost 5 years as he voyaged the world gathering evidence for his work.
For anyone with an interest in science and evolution, this is an absolutely fascinating family day out in Kent: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/home-of-charles-darwin-down-house/