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

Tour Tuesdays

Get something extra special from your visit and join on of our special Tuesday Tours!

On the third Tuesday of the month you can opt to join one of our garden team for a tour of the garden and/or join our collections manager on a tour of the house.

Perfect for new visitors of Selborne or faithful returners who want to get something extra out of their day at the museum and garden.

£5 per person per tour.*

Gardens Tours 11:30am

House Tours 14:30pm


18th April (Garden Only)
16th May
20th June
18th July (Gilbert White’s birthday!)
15th August
19th September
17th October
21st November
19th December


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*Please be aware that tours are an extra and that you will have to buy admission to the museum on the day of your tours.

    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.

    Learn more