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

Herbarium Family Craft Day

Free with Admission

Herbariums are a collections of dried plants, helping to document their biodiversity and where they can be found. Join us to create your very own herbarium, starting with plants from our gardens. Booking Required

  • Start Date: 30 May 17
  • End Date: 30 May 17
  • 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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