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

Gilbert White’s Birthday

Join us in celebrating Gilbert’s 302nd birthday

Free admission on the day!

Sign up to a tour!

Morning House Tour: 11:30

Lunchtime Meadow Tour 13:30

Afternoon House Tour: 14:30

Afternoon Meadow Tour: 15:30

All tours meet on the lawn next to the refreshment pod. 


15 available
Afternoon Meadow Tour (3:30pm)£5.00
15 available
Lunchtime Meadow Tour£5.00
13 available
Morning House Tour£5.00
15 available
Afternoon House Tour£5.00
  • Start Date: 17 Jul 22
  • End Date: 17 Jul 22
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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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