Gilbert White's House & Garden

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections
Jubilee Tap at Gilbert White's House

About Gilbert White’s House & Garden

Visit Gilbert White’s House & Garden and visit the beautifully restored house and gardens of natural history pioneer Gilbert White. Regarded as the ‘Father of Ecology’, White’s book ‘The Natural History of Selborne’ is the fourth most published book in the English language. The book is a series of letters and observations between White and his fellow naturalists, Thomas Pennant and Daines Barrington, exploring wildlife in their local areas and how the species responded to changing seasons (phenological observations). 

A testament to White’s legacy, ‘The Natural History of Selborne’ has never been out of print since its first publication in 1789. White is also renowned for major discoveries, including identifying the harvest mouse, chiff chaff and noctule bat. 

Located in Selborne, a stunning corner of the South Downs National Park, Gilbert White’s 17th century home is now a museum open to visitors. Museum highlights include, the original manuscript of ‘The Natural History of Selborne’, White’s 18th century floral embroidered bed covers and White’s taxidermy hawfinch. 

The museum also hosts collections belonging to Lawrence Oates, who was part of the fateful Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole, and the collection of Lawrence’s uncle, Frank Oates, who was a naturalist. There are interactives, original footage and children’s activities throughout the museum.

The extensive 18th century gardens (25 acres) have also been restored to their former glory for visitors to explore, with cottage, herb and kitchen gardens, as well as sweeping lawns and a wildflower meadow.

Gilbert White and the Oates Collections

2 January – 31 MarchTuesday – Sunday10.30am – 4.30pm
1 April – 30 JuneTuesday – Sunday10.30am – 5.00pm
1 July – 30 SeptemberMonday – Sunday10.30am – 5.00pm
1 October – 31 OctoberTuesday – Sunday10.30am – 5.00pm
1 Nov – 31 DecemberTuesday – Sunday10.30am – 4.30pm
Christmas EveThursday10.30am – 3.00pm

Tap Room opening times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5.30pm-9pm, last orders 8.30pm.

Adult full entry

Concessions full entry (students and over 60)

Garden only

Child full entry (Under 16 – under 5’s go free)

Family (2 adult and up to 3 children)

These tickets are valid for one year  from the date of purchase, excluding special event days. On your return please present your ticket  along with a form of ID. There are also special rates under the membership scheme and for groups.

Why should I visit?

    • Home of the eighteenth century pioneering naturalist Gilbert White
    • 25 acres of majestic gardens and meadows restored to their 18th century glory
    • Discover story of Lawrence Oates who took part in the fateful expedition to the South pole
    • Explore the wildlife of South America and South Africa in Frank Oates gallery
    • Perfect for families with lots of interactive activities, trails and events
    • Café and unique gift shop


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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Next event

Exhibition: Biophilia

9th Apr 2024 - 23rd Jun 2024

Gilbert White’s House & Garden

The installation of work by local artist Jacqueline Amies has taken inspiration from the writings of Gilbert White (1720- 1793). Over the past... 

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Gilbert White’s House & Gardens 2024

Valid from 1st Jan 2024 until 31st Dec 2024

Two for One entry to the House and Gardens.

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Where to find us


Gilbert White’s House
High Street
GU34 3JH

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By car

Nearest major road is A3. Selborne is on the B3006 from Alton to the A3. Postcode for the car park is GU34 3BN. To access the car park (when travelling from Alton), just after the Selborne Arms pub take the first right, then travel through the pub car park and up to the museum car park. Remember to hand in your registration at reception to access free parking. 

By train

Alton, Petersfield 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

The 38 bus between Alton and Petersfield runs through Selborne, the nearest bus stop is the Selborne Arms. Remember to check bus and train times before you travel.

Kids activities

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Join in the wildlife kids trails in the garden and around the house

There are lots of interactive screens and videos in the museum.

During the holiday time there are extra activities and events, such as pond dipping, storytelling, creative crafts, nature explorer days and more!





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