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Gilbert White's House & The Oates Museum

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Address: Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
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+44 1420 511275
10:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 10:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections explores the lives of three...

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections explores the lives of three explorers of the natural world. The historic house was the home of the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, and is surrounded by 25 acres of restored garden and parkland. The Oates Collections celebrates the lives of 19th century explorer Frank Oates, and Captain Lawrence Oates who travelled with Scott on the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition. The Museum also boasts an award-winning Tea Parlour, gift shop and plant sales.

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Gorgeous grounds, perfect spring/summer outing!

Visited Gilbert White's again this weekend. I've visited many times before and am always still astounded by the beauty of the land. The museum is also unusual and interesting, and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gina T
Winchester, United Kingdom
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Gilbert White's again this weekend. I've visited many times before and am always still astounded by the beauty of the land. The museum is also unusual and interesting, and the tea parlour is a treat!

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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Very interesting place to visit. Parking a bit of a problem if you are a bit old and stiff. Refreshments readily available and good pub across the road. Nice afternoon trip out.

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Dorset, England
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

We spent a very pleasant couple of hours here one sunny Sunday morning. The house and collections are interesting, and the gardens are definitely worth a visit. I hope the proposed developments don't spoil the peaceful nature of the site.

Thank P&J1996
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Interesting house- lots of rooms, kitchen, bedroom study etc plus loads of information. Buy a ticket and go as often as you like for a year! Gardens are beautiful too. Tea room is reasonably priced and nice atmosphere. Worth visiting the Selborne Pottery nearby too.

Thank GinTopp
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Having passed the brown sign on the A3 many times, we decided to pay a visit on a sunny March morning and were delighted! as the house tour didnt interest us we chose to just look at the gardens & it was £5.50 well spent! Three lovely hours strolling, sitting & enjoying the individual garden spaces as well as the... More 

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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

Slightly tatty and run down, this museum is poorly signposted (car part is 150 metres SOUTH) and pricey for what's on show. Skip through the downstairs quickly and invest your time looking at the Oates/Scott stuff upstairs. Gardens pretty average

Thank Sm0ky
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Delightful 18th century house and extensive garden where the pioneering English naturalist Gilbert White lived and collected records of plants and animals in the area. Alongside it in a later extension to the original house is the collection of Antarctic explorer, Lawrence Oates. There are many interactive and informative displays as well as panels for reading. The rooms in White's... More 

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Reviewed 29 January 2017

were really looking forward to revisiting but arrived too early for snowdrops, the place seemed to have gone downhill. Some management meeting and she was rushing round, nearly knocked me over! Group of them were chuckling about hiring volunteers, just not a nice atmosphere. They used to have a diary open at that day several centuries ago and now there... More 

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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Until the lovely Kim introduced me to Gilbert I was ignorant of his existence and am delighted that she put things right. The house and gardens are packed with interest for children to OAP's. The Oates collection (google if you're unsure!) brought tears to my eyes at times. Tea parkour houses comfy chairs and magnificent home made food! Great parking... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

I hadn't heard of Gilbert White before this visit, but am now very impressed by his work as a naturalist, particularly his work on amateur ornithology. The setting is perfect for this gentle study and the museum-like demonstrations are well thought-out and presented. The fact that he was doing his work in the mid-1700's does not detract from the continuing... More 

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