Gilbert White's House and Garden and The Oates Collection

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Discover the fascinating stories of three explorers of the natural world- Gilbert White, 18th century author and naturalist; Frank Oates, Victorian explorer of America and Africa; Captain Lawrence Oates who famously lost his life on Scott's ill fated expedition to Antarctica 1911-1912

Explore the charming house, 25 acres of restored gardens and ancient parkland with award winning tea parlour, gift shop and plant sales- We have all you need for an interesting day out.

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Opening hours

Open all year - please see our website for details

Admission charges

please see our website for details

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, World Cultures

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The Great Butterfly Hunt

  • 15 July — 7 August 2016 *on now

Grab an identification sheet and join in this National butterfly counting event. Free with valid museum ticket. All ages welcome. Drop in activity, no booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free with admission


Herb gardening

Herb Gardening

  • 27 July 2016 6:30-8:30pm *on now

How to keep a happy herb garden!

Learn how to identify, grow and use a wide range of herbs at this special event in the beautiful setting of Gilbert Whites Garden in Selborne. The evening will consist of an introductory talk about herbs and herb gardens by the Head Gardener, followed by a practical session in the herb garden itself. All welcome! A range of herbs will be available for sale..

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+




Gilbert White's House and Garden and The Oates Collection
The Wakes
High Street
GU34 3JH

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01420 511275


01420 511040

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