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

National Beer Day – Open Brewery!

Thursday 15th June, 10.30am-5pm, Brewery

It’s our Brewery Open Day on National Beer Day!

Come to our 1765 brewery to discover all the elements of the brewing process. There will be free brewery tours throughout the day. After your tour, pop over to the Jubilee Tap to get a taste of the range of Gilbert White beers!


*Please note that the brewery open day does not include entrance to the house and gardens.


    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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