Visitor Information

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mail  Gilbert White & The Oates Collections, Gilbert White’s House, Selborne, Alton, Hampshire. GU34 3JH
phone  01420 511275
fax  01420 511040


Opening Times 2017

1 January-16 February Friday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm
17 February-25 March Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm
26 March-28 October Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-5.00pm
29 October-23 December Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm
Christmas Eve Sunday 10.30am-3.00pm

We are also open on Bank Holidays, and Mondays in July & August


Admission Charges 2017

Adult £9.50
Concession £8.50
Under 16 £4.00
Under 5 Free
Family Ticket (2A + 3C) £24.00
Pre-booked group of 10 or more £7.50
Garden Only £5.50



In our 18th C garden with period planting.

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Cakes & light lunches using ingredients from our garden...

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Three explorers of the natural world...

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Come and enjoy a special day out at this fascinating and most original museum which celebrates important individuals in the exploration of the natural world, set in a village surrounded by countryside designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Having paid full admission, guests can enjoy free visits to the museum, except for special events days, for a whole year. View the House and Museum, go for a walk around the delightful gardens and through the Park to see the follies, take tea in the Parlour and shop in the old billiard room. Time and energy permitting, walk up the famous Gilbert White’s Zig Zag path through the hanging beech woods, return and tour the grounds. Or just sit and look at one of the most delightful views in the South of England.

Visitor Comments


“a surprise and great fun! There is plenty to enjoy here, esp if you have children and good walking shoes!" Trip advisor - 2 May 2016


“Interesting and staff extremely welcoming and knowledgeable” Trip advisor - 20 May 2016


“History and a beautiful setting all in one.” Trip advisor - 20 June 2016


"Loved this as there was lots of interesting detail about Robert Falcon Scott's expedition to the Antarctic." Trip advisor - 1 May 2016


“Most interesting, and lovely restful gardens.“ Mrs B- Berkshire. August 2009


“Fascinating and wonderful place. A great atmosphere.“ Miss L –London. April 2009


“The house is very interesting but the charming service and delicious food in the Tea Parlour excelled.” Mrs R- Nottingham. August 2010


“I would like to thank all the museum staff for giving us such a lovely day [...] Definitely a place to visit again.“ Mrs S -March 2010


“I’ve always wanted to visit this place. Out of this world!“ Ms W- Devon. August 2010


“A treasure on our doorstep.” Mr P- Weston-Super-Mare. April 2010


The museum welcomes visitors with disabilities and we will do all that we can if any assistance is needed. Portable hearing loop devices are located where we offer audio presentations. The ground floor of the house, the Tea Parlour and the Gift Shop have level or ramped access. The first floor, which accommodates the Oates Galleries and Gilbert White’s Bedchamber, Study and Meeting Room is only accessible via stairs: there is no lift. However, we have two hand held monitors containing a variety of images and information from the less accessible areas of the museum which can borrowed by those with restricted mobility.

The garden is accessible on well-kept grass and paths specially laid with very shallow gravel. There are several wheelchair adapted picnic benches throughout the grounds. The parkland beyond the garden is sloping and laid to rough grass. The museum has a non-motorised wheelchair which visitors are free to borrow – just ask at Reception.

A short film ‘The Oates Collection’ was produced following the recent refurbishment of the Captain Lawrence Oates galleries at Gilbert White’s House. The film, produced as a student project, provides a virtual tour for those unable to access the first floor galleries.

Visitors with disabilities are admitted at the standard rate but on request the necessary accompanying carer, personal assistant or companion is given free entry.

Access for All Admit One Card

To save having to ‘request’ a companion’s free entry an ‘Access for All Admit One Card’ can be issued by our Receptionist or Duty Manager. This card is made out in the name of the disabled person, not the companions, so there is not a restriction to taking the same person on each visit. To request an Access for all Admit One Card, please either email  or ask at reception when you visit.


Official Guide Dogs are welcome in the house. Well behaved dogs are permitted in the garden with responsible owners, but must be kept on leads.



Why not stay a little longer? Here is a selection of the accommodation near us

Bentworth Boutquie

Bentworth Boutique B&B provides ideal luxury accommodation for discerning couples or individuals.

Feather Down Farm

The Feather Down Farm Days tents are very spacious and comfortable with an authentic décor that recalls the honest rural life of days gone by.

Flossie’s B&B

Flossie's offers a warm, friendly welcome, and invites guests to relax and enjoy a peaceful break in truly beautiful, idyllic surroundings.

Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat

With unparalleled access to some of the UK’s finest walking spots and nature trails, Tilford Woods really is the one stop location for ramblers and nature lovers alike.

St Mary’s Hall

Our en-suite accommodation is of the highest quality, with lots of little extras to make St Mary’s Hall feel like a home from home.

Stubbs Farm

We have a choice of two self catering holiday cottages both enjoying wonderful views over unspoilt Hampshire countryside, with the opportunity for walks from the door.

The Three Horseshoes

Located in East Worldham, which, fittingly for a Fuller’s pub, is right at the heart of Hampshire’s hop-picking country. Hops are no longer grown locally, but many of the locals tell stories of days gone by.

Wyards Farm

Wyards offers the perfect balance of convenience and quiet. It is a 17th century house set in beautiful gardens including a water-garden and pond.

Upper Neatham Mill Farm

Our accommodation is set within our own grounds of eleven acres. Relax in our impressive 17th century oak beamed breakfast room

Nearby Places of Interest

While you are visiting the area, why not visit one of our nearby local attractions…

Selborne Pottery

All the work is hand thrown and turned stoneware. No machines or moulds are used and the traditional techniques have taken many years to perfect.

Selborne Common

Discover the magnificent beech woods and flower-filled meadows that inspired Gilbert White...

St Marys Church – Selborne

St Mary's Church was founded in Saxon times and mentioned in the Domesday Book, the present church with its Norman tower and nave, largely dates from 1180

Lavender Fields

Our aim is to capture and bring to you the essence of our lavender fields!

Curtis Museum Alton

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The Watercress Line

Let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the English countryside...

Queen Elizabeth Park

Admire the fantastic views from the South Downs Way from the peak of Butser Hill, the highest point in the county...


Uppark: a tranquil and intimate 18th-century house...

Jane Austen’s House

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Chawton House Library

An internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women's writing from 1600 to 1830.

Bursledon Brickworks

Be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK...

Stansted Park

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Butser Ancient Farm

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Hollycombe Steam Collection

Hollycombe is far more than just a working steam museum, it's a place where the past comes to life.

Hinton Ampner

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Petersfield Museum

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Alton Abbey

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