Group Visits to the Museum
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Group Visits to the Museum

We are delighted to cater for group visits to the Museum.  Please check availability for the date that you are proposing here. You may also place a preliminary booking.  For further details about what is available for group visits, and to download a booking form, please see our  Group Information Pack 2016


Introductory Talk

An introductory talk is offered to groups at no extra cost, and will give a further insight into the history of the house and the three explorers of the natural world whose lives and work we celebrate here at the museum.

Garden Tour

Learn about Gilbert White the Gardener and the plants and features described in his writings. With over twenty acres of ancient parkland and some five acres of restored gardens with a focus on 18th century planting, a garden tour is a fascinating way to discover one of Gilbert White’s passions. Garden Tours are available by prior arrangement for an additional small fee.

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Delicious refreshments are served in our elegantly restored dining room. We pride ourselves on our selection of homemade cakes and wholesome lunches. See our Groups Information Pack 2016 for more details.

Why not check out the Tea Parlour’s Instagram?

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 Special Offers

Gilbert’s Birthday Week Special

18th-24th July 2016

To celebrate Gilbert White’s birthday for one week only our group admission will be just £6 per person! Enjoy the museum and grounds in the hight of the summer season for Winter prices! Subject to availability.

October Offer 

1st-31st October 2016

Groups booking for October 2016 will enjoy a FREE Garden Tour with their visit. Enjoy the rich heritage of the house and gardens, which will be full of amazing Autumn colour at that time of year. Why not include a warming home-made soup lunch for your visit after your tour around our grounds.

Winter Months

Bookings made for November 1st till February 28th  are eligible for our Winter rate of £6 per person!

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Comments from Group Visits to the Museum

Beckenham and Bromley Historical Association – May 2014:

“Thanks again for a very enjoyable morning. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed their visit and how helpful and friendly everyone was. I think the main comment was they could have done with longer at the house but hope it gave people a feel for the collections and encourage them to return in due course. The tea, coffee and biscuits were very nicely served and everyone really appreciated them. Your introductory talk was also very helpful in setting the scene for everyone and included very good information for the group both about the Oates and Gilbert White. A few of the group even made it into the church and were duly impressed by it. Also the garden was lovely to go out into and wander round and we were lucky that the rain held off.”

The Wayfarers – May 2014

“Thank you so much for the delightful introduction you gave us to The Wakes. My group thoroughly enjoyed their visit.”

Tenterden & District National Trust – May 2014:

“The vast majority of our group had never been to your museum before and were absolutely delighted with it.  The mixture of two very different men had a very wide appeal and we all thought all the staff so welcoming and helpful.”

Eastbourne NADFAS – July 2011:

‘Just to say how very much we all enjoyed our visit to the Gilbert White’s House and garden and the Oates Collection. Everyone was so welcoming, the coffee and shortbread were delicious, and the ham salad that I had was just something else! Everyone loved the garden and the house has such a lovely atmosphere. Thank you too for making all the admin. so easy. Altogether , a lovely day.’

Ashford Decorative & Fine Arts Society – June 2010:

“Thank you very much for giving our group such a lovely welcome. We all found our visit fascinating and were amazed at how much there was to see. We were only sorry we had not allocated more time!”

Hampstead Norreys WI – August 2010:

“I write to say thank you to you and all your team for enabling us to visit last month and for making the evening such a success. The Assistant Manager gave us a very warm welcome and went on to deliver a very professional presentation on the history of the charity. We then enjoyed the opportunity to take our own route and look around at our own pace before finishing up in the Gift Shop.”

Army Chaplins Group – November 2010:

“Thank you to all at Gilbert White’s House for your welcome and helpfulness when we visited Selborne last week…Please pass on our thanks to the Duty Manager for her engaging introduction to Gilbert White, Frank Oates and Lawrence Oates and to the many interesting collections.”

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