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

Garden Entry in March

See the start spring in Selborne this March.

Visiting our grounds must be in accordance to national lockdown guidance. Please do not travel outside your local area to visit, and only as part of your daily exercise with your household, or support bubble. If you are visiting as an individual you may meet one other individual for a socially distanced walk.

Our Café is open as a takeaway Tuesday-Sunday until 4pm for hot drinks and snacks.

Entrance to the gardens is from our High Street entrance only. Please show your confirmation email to the café before entering the gardens. Tickets to the garden are available from the café also, prices may differ.


Adults: £3.50

Children: £2

Tickets are available Tuesday-Sunday only between 10:30-16:30. The tickets are not timed.

    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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