Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 4.30PM & Bank Holidays

Nature Festival 2018

Join us for our annual Nature Festival back for it’s 3rd year!

Our Nature Festival starts with an exploration of animals and landscapes in the evening at 5pm Sunday.  During Monday 28th we will be joined by even more nature and wildlife organisations and experts who will be running activities, stalls, talks and tours throughout the day!

Stay tuned for more information!

Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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