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Visit Gilbert White's House & Gardens in Hampshire
If you fancy a day out and want to visit somewhere a bit different, then why not try the beautifully restored house and gardens of natural history pioneer Gilbert White. Then travel the natural world through the collections of Frank Oates, explorer and naturalist and Lawrence Oates who was part of the fateful Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. We have a museum, fascinating historic collections and educational activities for the whole family.
Selborne and its surrounding landscape inspired Gilbert White’s life-long investigation of the natural world, culminating in his world-famous book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. We tell Gilbert White’s story within the walls of his family home and garden. The later extensions to the house host The Oates Collections, celebrating two very different explorers of the natural world…
In the news
- 01 JulRead more
This Summer, come with all the family for outdoor theatre in the gardens of Gilbert White’s house. ‘Summer Daze’ kicks off the season of entertainment
- 06 JunRead more
Gilbert White’s House & Gardens have announced that the new tap room due to open within the old Queen’s pub later in 2022 will be
- 03 JunRead more
On the 16th June TV's Monty Halls will be at Gilbert White's House & Gardens to talk about his new book and tv series Commando.
- 26 AprRead more
A chance to get closer to the natural world – at Nature Day Reconnect with the natural world at Gilbert White’s House and Gardens’ annual
- 02 AprRead more
Whether it’s drizzling, a little chilly or a balmy Summer’s day, our education leaders, Fiona and Nina, are always out in the field, passing on
- 11 MarRead more
This year marks a significant milestone for British Antarctic heritage with the 100th anniversary of the death of polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and
What our visitors saying about their experience
Love this place, I’m a big fan of anything Antarctic and the gardens are beautiful. Great gift shop and tea rooms both supporting local business.tripadvisor
Lovely house and gardens. Fascinating insight into the lives of some unsung figures in history. Being a mariner, and interested in maritime exploration, I found the history of Oates and Scott’s Antarctic voyage very poignant. Lovely lunch in the cafe, followed by a nice walk in the grounds.tripadvisor
We are approaching the tercentenary of the birth of this famous naturalist… whatever your interest the gardens are a must visit. Extensive, in a beautiful setting, and ideal for contemplation. Good up-graded cafe with both inside and outside seating.tripadvisor
The visit itself was truly 5-star. The whole house and exhibition was in sparkling good order: all the staff were ultra-courteous and helpful, while the loos and cafe were also excellent – the cafe particularly so.tripadvisor
The setting is lovely, with the grounds meticulously kept, rising to the dark green of the Selborne Hangers (woodlands) clothing the downs to the south of the site.
Most interesting, and lovely restful gardens.Mrs B
Fascinating and wonderful place. A great atmosphere.Miss L
Top marks for: the Tea Parlour, definitely a place to visit again.Mrs S
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