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Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

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Gilbert White's House

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  • Gilbert White's House
  • Gilbert White's garden
  • Tea Parlour
  • Polar party
  • Wedding in Gilbert White's garden
  • Old kitchen

Contact Info

High Street
GU34 3JH
Tel: +44 01420 511275
Fax: +44 01420 511040


Located in the picturesque Hampshire village of Selborne, in a charming country house, discover three fascinating stories about explorers of the Natural World.

Rev Gilbert White, the pioneering 18th century naturalist, is remembered as the first ecologist and 'the man who started us all bird watching'. His world famous book "The Natural History of Selborne" was published in 1789, just four years before his death, and is reputed to be the fourth most published book in the English language and has never been out of print. Explore his atmospheric home, which is set in 25 acres of restored gardens and ancient parkland, situated beneath the beech-clad 'Hanger'.

Learn about the fascinating life and travels of Frank Oates, a 19th century explorer who was one of the first Europeans to journey to Africa and the Americas. Marvel at the fabulous collection of birds, animals and African weapons that he sent back to his family in England. Meet Rail, his devoted dog. Rail sat on Frank's grave and refused to journey on without him following his death after an expedition to see the Victoria Falls.

Interactive galleries tell the moving story of Antarctic Hero Captain Lawrence Oates, who travelled the epic journey of discovery to the South Pole in 1911-12 with Captain Scott. He is remembered for his tremendous courage when sacrificing his life in the hope of saving his comrades when he walked out into a severe blizzard uttering the famous last words "I am just going outside and may be some time". Thanks to a 'Your Heritage' National Lottery Grant in 2012, the Lawrence Oates galleries were re-developed - see the wonderful new interactive displays complete with expedition sledge, original expedition clothing, penguins and much more. In 2013 we are expecting a new arrival! An Emperor is expected to join our collection of Antarctic penguins. The penguin died from natural causes and was found by scientists of the British Antarctic Survey who have arranged preservation and transportation to enable us to complete our collection of Antarctic penguins.

Delight in the wonderful garden with plant sales too. Free entry to our award winning tea parlour and charming gift shop.

Open all year. Please see our website for special events, opening hours and admission charges - www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk, info@gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk, 01420 511275.

Opening Times

Open 03/01/2014 - 22/12/2014


Saturday, 5th April 2014 - Monday, 21st April 2014

Wild at White’s Easter Bunny Hunt
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Saturday, 24th May 2014 - Sunday, 1st June 2014

Wild at White’s African Safari
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Tickets information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff*
Family (2A + 3C)from £22.00
Adultfrom £9.00
Concessionfrom £8.00
Garden onlyfrom £7.00
Pre-booked group of 10 or more (price each)from £7.00
Child (under 16)from £3.50
Child (under 5)free

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A3. Selborne is on the B3006 from Alton to the A3. The village car park is behind the Selborne Arms and to reach the house and museum, turn left on leaving the car park and continue along the High Street. The house is on the left-hand side.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Alton or Liss. Limited bus service or taxi, book return journey.


Provider Preferences

  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location


  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Induction Loop System

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available

Parking & Transport

  • Free parking


  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Full liquor licence
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Payment Methods

  • American Express
  • American Express accepted
  • Delta
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size
  • Solo
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Cloakroom
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs admitted on a lead - in the garden only.
  • Event Venue
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Gay/Lesbian Friendly
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

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