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

Snowdrop Weekend

Snowdrop Weekend

10th-11th February

See a carpet of majestic snowdrops and learn all about the garden for our annual snowdrop weekend. As always for one weekend only we are offering half price admission to the house and gardens and garden tours throughout the weekend.

Tour Timings 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm each day. 

(You can sign up to a tour when you arrive at reception) 


Tickets are available on the door

    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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