House, Gardens & Cafe Open Monday - 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

Dates: 16th August, 20th September, 18th October, 15th November, 20th December*

*House tour only.


  • Start Date: 16 Aug 22
  • End Date: 20 Dec 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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