Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Tour of Gilbert White’s 18th Century Garden

Gilbert White (1720-1793) was a writer, naturalist but also a keen gardener. Join the garden team for an exclusive tour of the garden, learning about Gilbert the Gardener, and what we can learn about him through his garden. Find out more about eighteenth century varieties of plants and trees, and the methods used in White’s life time.

Part of  Jane Austen Regency Week 


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Garden Tour 22062018£5.00
  • Start Date: 22 Jun 18
  • End Date: 22 Jun 18
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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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