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Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

High Street
GU34 3JH

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Tel: +44 01420 511275

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 24 Dec 2019)

* 1 January - 11 February: Friday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm, 12 February - 24 March: Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm, 25 March – 27 October: Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 5.00pm, 28 October – 23 December: Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm and Christmas Eve: Sunday 10.30am - 3.00pm. Open on Bank Holidays, Easter Monday and Mondays in July & August.

Map & Directions

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Road Directions

Nearest major road is A3. Selborne is on the B3006 from Alton to the A3. The village car park is behind the Selborne Arms and to reach the house and museum, turn left on leaving the car park and continue along the High Street. The house is on the left-hand side.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Alton or Liss. Limited bus service or taxi, book return journey.


Tuesday, 7th May 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

The Nature of Friendship Exhibition at Gilbert White's HouseThe Nature of Friendship Exhibition at Gilbert White's HouseThis exhibition explores the passion for natural history Lear and Bell shared and the exquisite artwork Lear created to illustrate Bell's zoological books. It also draws on Lear's letters and diaries to conjure aspects of village life in Selborne in the nineteenth century, and how these two…
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Thursday, 25th July 2019 - Friday, 26th July 2019

Wednesday, 21st August 2019 - Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Moth Night at Gilbert White's HouseDiscovering the Moths at Gilbert White's HouseYou are welcome to join Gilbert White's House from around dusk to see how the moth lights are set up and experience the first visitors of the night to the lights. Based on past experience, the June and July evenings also potentially offer the special experience of watching male Ghost Moths…
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Thursday, 1st August 2019 - Thursday, 1st August 2019

Lear's Limericks at Gilbert White's HouseLear's Limericks at Gilbert White's HouseEdward Lear was famous for his silly nonsense limericks! Join Sara Lodge for a workshop at Gilbert White's House to create your own!
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Thursday, 1st August 2019 - Thursday, 1st August 2019

Edward Lear and Thomas Bell Talk at Gilbert White's HouseThe Nature of Nonsense: Edward Lear and Thomas Bell Talk at Gilbert White's HouseDr Sara Lodge, author of 'Inventing Edward Lear' and curator of Gilbert White's House's current Exhibition 'The Nature of Friendship' shares her research on the relationship between the nonsense poet and artist Edward Lear and the zoologist Thomas Bell here in the village of Selborne.
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Monday, 5th August 2019 - Thursday, 8th August 2019

Nature Camp at Gilbert White's HouseNature Camp at Gilbert White's HouseHoliday day camp for kids between 8 and 12 who have a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. Using all of Gilbert White's House 30 acre site and neighbouring woodland, children will be able to run off some steam and learn more about the world around them.
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Tuesday, 6th August 2019 - Thursday, 29th August 2019

Life Lab at Gilbert White's HouseLife Lab at Gilbert White's HouseTry your hand at being a naturalist by examining some of the specimens from Gilbert white's House's learning collection. Use a range of tools to find out about the animals in front of you including microscopes, measuring equipment and fact files. Suitable for all ages.
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Thursday, 8th August 2019 - Thursday, 8th August 2019

Bat Walk at Gilbert White's HouseBat Walk at Gilbert White's HouseJoin Gilbert White's House on a walk around their grounds and discover the local bats.
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Wednesday, 14th August 2019 - Wednesday, 14th August 2019

Wild Art Day at Gilbert White's HouseWild Art Day at Gilbert White's HouseJoin Gilbert White's House in the gardens for some messy art work using natural materials. All ages welcome.
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Wednesday, 21st August 2019 - Wednesday, 21st August 2019

Meadow Explorers at Gilbert White's HouseMeadow Explorers at Gilbert White's HouseGrab a butterfly net, a wildflower guide and a minibeast kit and come and explore the wildlife in Gilbert White's House's meadow with the Education team.
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Saturday, 24th August 2019 - Saturday, 24th August 2019

Summer Kitchen Garden Course at Gilbert White's HouseSummer Kitchen Garden Course at Gilbert White's HouseSpend the day in the kitchen garden at Gilbert White's House learning how to plan, prepare and sow your own vegetables for the kitchen. The course covers crop planning, soil preparation, setting out growing areas and seed sowing within the historic 18th century kitchen garden.
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Sunday, 25th August 2019 - Sunday, 25th August 2019

Outside Theatre: Wuthering Heights at Gilbert White's HouseOutside Theatre: Wuthering Heights at Gilbert White's HouseThis year, Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present the wild and tempestuous love story of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, set on the beautiful and mysterious Yorkshire moors.
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Saturday, 31st August 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

Edward Lear's Music at Gilbert White's HouseEdward Lear's Music at Gilbert White's HouseJoin Dr Sara Lodge with pianist David Owen Norris and baritone Edward Robinson, for a night of Edward Lear's Music.
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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Child (under 16)£4.00
Family (2A + 3C)£24.00 per ticket
Pre-booked group of 10 or more (price each)£7.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Induction Loop System


  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Gift shop
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Free parking

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Special group rates

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

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