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

Record-breaking Birds Egg Hunt

Saturday 23rd March- Sunday 14th April

There are some brilliant birds in the world and on this year’s egg hunt you will find out all about them! Hunt for ten eggs hidden in Gilbert White’s Garden and match the birds named on the eggs with the amazing facts given. Match all 10 and claim a chocolate egg!


£3 per child with entrance ticket

Buy your Easter Egg Hunt ticket in advance


    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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