Down House is the home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin.The house, owned by English heritage, is a busy visitor attraction open to the public 7 days a week for 8 months of the year. It was here that Darwin penned his famous ‘On the Origin of Species’ published in 1859. The house offers visitors a large collection of Darwin memorabilia, including original manuscript pages, personal possessions and notebooks. With an average of 54,000 annual visitors to a relatively small building, with large grounds, effective communication is essential across the site.
Dover Castle is an imposing medieval fortress, an iconic part of the town and indeed the country. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. It stands proud on the White Cliffs of Dover, overlooking the English Channel to France. Its Great Tower, the grandest of the keeps built by the English kings in the 11th and 12th centuries stands over 25m high and 30m square, with walls up to 6.5m thick. The castle, secret tunnels, and surrounding land are cared for by English Heritage on behalf of the nation and the site is a major tourist attraction. Hundreds of thousands of visitors each year travel from all over the world to experience this unique visitor attraction.
Set within the idyllic Kent countryside, Knole is steeped in history. As one of the National Trust’s busiest sites, Knole attracts around 100,000 visitors each year. Tens of thousands more visit the wider estate for walks, picnics and a variety of events. Located within a vast 1,000 acre deer park, reliable communication between staff across the Knole estate is crucial.