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Gilbert White's House & Gardens

Explore the extensive (25 acre) gardens and wildflower meadows at Gilbert White's House & Gardens. Dogs on leads are allowed throughout the grounds and in the cafe. Nestled between Selborne Common and the Lythes (National Trust land), the museum is a perfect resting place, with the onsite cafe serving food and drink, and picnic benches available for use.

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Discover the beautifully restored house and gardens of natural history pioneer Gilbert White. Regarded as the ‘Father of Ecology’, White’s book ‘The Natural History of Selborne’ is the fourth most published book in the English language! The wildlife and landscape, of the hangers and chalk hills of Selborne, located in what is now the North West of the South Downs National Park, was not only inspiration for Gilbert White but his area of study. 'The Natural History of Selborne' is a series of letters and observations between White and his fellow naturalists, Thomas Pennant and Daines Barrington, exploring wildlife in their local areas and how the species responded to changing seasons (phenological observations). White is also renowned for major discoveries, including identifying the harvest mouse, chiff chaff and noctule bat. Families and their four-legged friends, can explore the grounds where Gilbert once walked. There are 25 acres of gardens that have been restored to their 18th Century glory, with cottage, herb and kitchen gardens, as well as sweeping lawns and a wildflower meadow. There is also a wildlife trail set in the gardens, for children to try throughout the year, (please ask at reception for the map details). Well-behaved dogs are allowed on leads throughout the grounds and also in the cafe. Visitors can enjoy brunch, lunch and afternoon tea at the café. Local produce can also be purchased from the café which acts as a village shop. The original 1765 brewhouse has been reopened and craft beer is brewed onsite and sold in the café. There are also beehives and our beekeepers producing honey for sale. Highlights within the museum include the original manuscript of ‘The Natural History of Selborne’, White’s 18th century floral embroidered bed covers and White’s taxidermy hawfinch. The museum also hosts collections belonging to Lawrence Oates, who was part of the fateful Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole, and the collection of Lawrence’s uncle, Frank Oates, who was a naturalist. There are interactives and original footage throughout the museum. Dogs are also welcome at the museums outdoor events, such as outdoor theatre, Nature Day and the Unusual Plants Fair. Opening Times: 1 Nov – 31 Mar, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 4.30pm 1 Apr – 31 Oct, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm From the start of July to end of August the house and gardens are also open on Mondays. Last orders at the café are at 4pm throughout the year. Ticket Prices: Adult Full Entry: £16 Concession (student or over 60) Full Entry: £15 Under 16 Full Entry: £5 Under 5: Free Garden Only ticket: £10 Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children) Full Entry: £35 Your ticket is an annual pass and can be used at any time during the next 12 months, excluding special event days. On your return, please present your ticket along with a form of ID. There are also special rates for groups.

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Listing Updated: 02/08/2022


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Gilbert White’s House & Gardens
High Street
South Downs
GU34 3JH
01420 511275

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Where are dogs allowed?

Dogs on leads in the gardens and in the café.

Car Parking

Hand in your registration at reception or the cafe, to gain free parking. Registration must be hande

Park, Gardens or Nature Reserve


House, Castles or Museum


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