Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections celebrates the lives of three explorers of the natural world. The historic house was the home of the eighteenth century pioneering naturalist Gilbert White; whose major work The Natural History of Selborne has never been out of print since its publication in 1789. The House is surrounded by 25 acres of majestic restored garden and parkland, which specialises in eighteenth century plants and gardening methods inspired by Gilbert White.

The Museum is also home to the Oates Collections where visitors can discover the stories of the nineteenth century explorer Frank Oates, who travelled extensively around Africa and Central America and the heroic Captain Lawrence Oates. The Collection commemorates the life of Lawrence Oates, who travelled with Scott to the South Pole on the epic yet ill fated Terra Nova Expedition of 1912.

The Museum and Gardens are perfect for families with lots of interactive activities and trails. The site also has a brand new Cafe, which serves locally produced food all day, great coffee and homemade cakes. You can also visit a unique gift shop and plant sales area all within the museum’s Stable Yard.

2016 opening times:

1 January-14 February Friday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm

16 February-24 March Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm

25 March-30 October Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-5.00pm

1 November-23 December Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm

24 December Thursday 10.30am-3.00pm

It is also open on Bank Holidays, and Mondays in July & August.

Admission price 




Why should I visit?


    Assistance dogs allowed
    Baby changing facilities
    Disabled access
    Dogs accepted
    Facilities for the partially sighted available on request
    Gift shop
    Suitable for ages 12 and above
    Suitable for ages 3 and above
    Suitable for ages 5 and above
    Suitable for ages 8 and above
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    Gilbert White Around the World

    03/01/2020 - 28/06/2020

    Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

    Gilbert White & The Oates Collections are celebrating 300 years of Gilbert White with their exhibition entitled ‘Gilbert White around the... 

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    Where to find us


    Gilbert White's House
    High Street
    GU34 3JH

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    By car

    Selborne is on the B3006 from Alton to the A3. The village car park is behind the Selborne Arms and to reach the House and Museum turn left on leaving the car park and walk along the High Street. The house is almost opposite the Plestor (a small village green) and Church. Postcode: GU34 3JH

    By train

    Alton and Liss Stations are reached via Waterloo and are within easy reach. Both have a limited bus service to Selborne. Taxis are available at the stations; it is advisable to book the return journey.

    By bus

    There is a limited bus service to/from Selborne.

    Kids activities

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    Lot's of inter-actives and additional activities during school holidays.