House, Gardens & Cafe Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.30 - 17.00

Family Talk and Pond Dipping

Find out about the amphibians and reptiles you might find in your garden with experts from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Meet some live creatures and see what you can find living in our pond! 

Suitable for 5 years and up; children need to be accompanied by an adult. One accompanying adult for every 3 children booked. Younger siblings can attend but must be fully supervised. 

10.30 am -12pm

2pm-3.30 pm 

Picture Credit: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust 

    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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