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Gilbert White's House & The Oates Museum

Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
+44 1420 511275
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Had wanted to visit before but didn't have enough time on this occasion, so wandered around shop... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sue K
via mobile
Gorgeous grounds, perfect spring/summer outing!

Visited Gilbert White's again this weekend. I've visited many times before and am always still... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
Gina T
Winchester, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
+44 1420 511275
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had wanted to visit before but didn't have enough time on this occasion, so wandered around shop and had lovely tea and scone. Must come again with more time to spend.

Thank Sue K
Reviewed 11 May 2017

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!

Thank Gina T
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.

Thank Archibald C
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
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
Reviewed 8 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!...More

Thank garynclare
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
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...More

Thank MmeCastor
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...More

1  Thank voyager s
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...More

Thank Linnyloo19
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How is the parking now that half the car park is under re-construction?
16 November 2016|
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Response from Gilbert W | Property representative |
Most of the ground working is complete and parking is available; we have almost doubled the spaces. The contractors are undertaking planting and this should be completed very soon. You are very welcome to come and see for... More
Hi How long does it take to visit here please? Thanks in advance
22 September 2016|
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Response from mgpendle | Reviewed this property |
Hi 2 hours is fine for the museums unless you want to read every last detail! Enjoy the gardens and take a walk up the Zig Zag path and have a pint at the Selborne Arms... The you have a day trip on your hands. Enjoy it.