I arrived shortly after opening time and spend several hours going through the exhibits on the first floor which has been laid out as a small museum of the great man's adventures and discoveries. I then went back downstairs and borrowed a headset which described in detail the different rooms on the ground floor where he worked. Unfortunately it was not possible to take photographs inside the building and reading many of his notebooks, now well faded, it is clear why this is so. However, I took quite a few photos outside the building, at the greenhouses where he conducted his work on Orchids and other plants and along the sandwalk where he walked in circuits while thinking.
Another view of the house
At the end of the walled garden is a small pathway leading to the sandwalk.
Me doing the tourist selfie!! Sorry :)
The site is now run by the National Trust and is open all over the summer. It is open at other times of the year, mainly weekends I think, but you had better check before you travel if you are to avoid being disappointed. The Trust has produced an excellent guidebook which can be purchased onsite which gives details of Darwin's life and times. There is also a small gift shop and tea rooms.
I had a wonderful day but then the life and work of Charles Darwin is something I have been fascinated by since I got my first copy of The Origin of Species in my teens. I would highly recommend a visit.