Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Cancelled: Garden Bird Easter Egg Hunt

We are running an Easter Egg hunt with a difference this year – can you find the painted eggs which are all based on the eggs of the birds which nest in our grounds? Learn about where different species of birds nest as you explore the gardens and meadow. Can you spot the odd one out among the species featured…?
Find them all and claim a chocolate egg!
£3 on top of general admission price
  • Start Date: 04 Apr 20
  • End Date: 19 Apr 20
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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