Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Is Gilbert White & The Oates Collections Open?

Covid-19 Update: Are planning to re-open their gardens from Saturday July 4th, no need to pre-book tickets, social distancing measures are in place. Cafe operating as a village shop for essentials and takeaway meals is open. all March and April Events are postponed. For the most up-to-date information visit their official website via the link above or view our list of Hampshire attractions.

About This Attraction

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 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.

2020 marks the 300th anniversary of Gilbert White’s birth, visit us this year and celebrate the life of this pioneering naturalist.

2 January – 31 March Tuesday – Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm
1 April – 30 June Tuesday – Sunday 10.30am – 5.00pm
1 July – 30 September Monday – Sunday 10.30am – 5.00pm
1 October – 31 October Tuesday – Sunday 10.30am – 5.00pm
1 Nov – 31 December Tuesday – Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Christmas Eve Thursday 10.30am – 3.00pm



Child (Under 16 – under 5’s go free)


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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22nd Oct 2020 - 22nd Oct 2020

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Where to find us


Gilbert White’s House
High Street
GU34 3JH


01420 511275


[email protected]


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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.