Group Visits

We are delighted to cater for group visits.  Please telephone us so that we can check availability for the date that you are proposing.  For details of the reduced admission charges and special packages available to groups and to download a booking form, please Groups Brochure 2015


Autumn Group Offer

Enjoy Selborne in all its Autumn Splendor!

The grounds of Gilbert White & The Oates Collections surrounded by the ancient beech clad Selborne hanger, burst into beautiful colour every Autumn, with trees brimming with unusual historic apples, and wonderful seasonal plants and produce.

With this fantastic special offer groups can enjoy a garden tour given by our head gardener David Standing, who will guide you through our 30 acres of restored gardens and ancient parkland explaining in an informative and extremely entertaining manner about the garden in autumn, and its history.

Then it’s time to warm up, our cosy Tea Parlour will serve you a steaming hot bowl of soup made with produce from our own garden, accompanied with a hearty bread roll. It will then be time to visit the Museum, to learn more about the Naturalist and Gardener Gilbert White as well as the Oates family notably the explorer Frank Oates and Antarctic hero Lawrence Oates.

Visit our wonderful shop for unique gifts, take a wander around the quaint village of Selborne little changed since the days of Gilbert White, and perhaps even make a return visit to our Tea Parlour where there will be a selection of fine Teas and homemade Cakes on sale.

This offer Includes:
Admission to house and gardens with introductory talk,
a garden tour by our Head Gardener David Standing and a Soup & Roll Lunch.
All for only £12 per person* (that’s £5 off our usual price)

*Offer available for groups of 10 or more people and is available from 1st September until the 15th November

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.

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. See our Groups Brochure 2015 for more details.



Delicious refreshments are served in our elegantly restored dining room. We pride ourselves on our selection of speciality teas and homemade cakes. Pre-booking refreshments for your group ensures that we have room available to satisfy your group’s catering needs. See our Groups Brochure 2015 for more details.


Comments from Group Visits

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.”