Discover the beautifully restored house and gardens of natural history pioneer Gilbert White (1720-1793). Regarded as the ‘Father of Ecology’, White’s book ‘The Natural History of Selborne’ is the fourth most published book in the English language! White is also renowned for major discoveries, including identifying the harvest mouse, chiff chaff and noctule bat. 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, and even the original manuscript of ‘The Natural History of Selborne’ for visitors to take a look at! Visitors can explore the grounds where Gilbert once walked. There are 25 acres of gardens that have been restored to their 18th Century glory, with cottage, herb and kitchen gardens, as well as sweeping lawns and a wildflower meadow. Dogs are allowed on leads throughout the grounds and also in the cafe. Visitors can enjoy brunch, lunch and afternoon tea at the café. Local produce can also be purchased from the café which acts as a village shop. The original 1765 brewhouse has been reopened and craft beer is brewed onsite and sold in the café. There are also beehives and our beekeepers producing honey for sale.

Gilbert White’s House & Gardens

Beautifully restored house and gardens of natural history pioneer Gilbert White.

The Wakes, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH

01420 511275


  • Accessible
  • Free Parking
  • Gallery/Museum/Educational
  • Garden
  • Historic Landmarks/Heritage Centres
  • National Park/Wildlife Conserve
  • On-site Parking
  • On-site shop

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