The Museum will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.
The Gardens are open and you can purchase tickets here.
White's will remain open for shop supplies and take-aways only.
Our Opening times during this time are:
Mondays: Shop Only 8am-12pm
Tuesday-Sunday: White's 8am- 4pm, Garden 10:30am-4:30pm
Help Gilbert White's House & Gardens continue to inspire journeys in the natural world.
Visit Gilbert White's House & Gardens in Hampshire
If you fancy a day out and want to visit somewhere a bit different, then why not try the beautifully restored house and gardens of natural history pioneer Gilbert White. Then travel the natural world through the collections of Frank Oates, explorer and naturalist and Lawrence Oates who was part of the fateful Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. We have a museum, fascinating historic collections and educational activities for the whole family.
Selborne and its surrounding landscape inspired Gilbert White’s life-long investigation of the natural world, culminating in his world-famous book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. We tell Gilbert White’s story within the walls of his family home and garden. The later extensions to the house host The Oates Collections, celebrating two very different explorers of the natural world…
In the news
- 15 FebRead more
Scott and Amundsen were now in Antarctica and committed to the task ahead, the conquest of the South Geographic Pole. Both expeditions needed to establish
- 10 DecRead more
We’re continuing to follow the two expeditions of Scott and Amundsen as they headed south from the warm waters of the mid Atlantic to the
- 13 OctRead more
Gilbert White Museum awarded nearly £170,000 Gilbert White & The Oates Collections has been awarded £168,778 as part of the Government’s £1.576 billion Culture Recovery
- 02 SepRead more
Roald Amundsen’s original expedition plan was to seek the geographic North Pole, but two expeditioners, Cook and Peary, had in September 1909 been reported to
What our visitors saying about their experience
Love this place, I’m a big fan of anything Antarctic and the gardens are beautiful. Great gift shop and tea rooms both supporting local business.tripadvisor
Lovely house and gardens. Fascinating insight into the lives of some unsung figures in history. Being a mariner, and interested in maritime exploration, I found the history of Oates and Scott’s Antarctic voyage very poignant. Lovely lunch in the cafe, followed by a nice walk in the grounds.tripadvisor
We are approaching the tercentenary of the birth of this famous naturalist… whatever your interest the gardens are a must visit. Extensive, in a beautiful setting, and ideal for contemplation. Good up-graded cafe with both inside and outside seating.tripadvisor
The visit itself was truly 5-star. The whole house and exhibition was in sparkling good order: all the staff were ultra-courteous and helpful, while the loos and cafe were also excellent – the cafe particularly so.tripadvisor
The setting is lovely, with the grounds meticulously kept, rising to the dark green of the Selborne Hangers (woodlands) clothing the downs to the south of the site.
Most interesting, and lovely restful gardens.Mrs B
Fascinating and wonderful place. A great atmosphere.Miss L
Top marks for: the Tea Parlour, definitely a place to visit again.Mrs S
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