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

Discover Activities

Sat 23rd July- Wed 4th September Free with Admission @House & Gardens

Choose a new way to discover our museum and grounds by borrowing one of our scavenger hunts, Butterfly and leaf spotting guides or Nature back pack and Sketching kit bags from reception. What will you discover?

  • Start Date: 23 Jul 19
  • End Date: 04 Sep 19
  • 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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