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Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

| Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
+44 1420 511275
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Highly recommend for visiting.

A fascinating visit. Unusually there are, linked but distinctively varied, people's lives... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
nijari
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surrey
Great experience

Wonderful house and pretty gardens, if you are interested in nature particularly birds you will... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
helencon47
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Gilbert White & The Oates Collections celebrates the lives of three explorers of the natural world. The historic house was the home of the eighteenth century pioneering naturalist Gilbert White; whose major work The Natural History of Selborne has never been out of print since its publication in 1789. The House is surrounded by 25 acres of majestic restored garden and parkland, which specialises in eighteenth century plants and gardening methods inspired by Gilbert White. The Museum is also home to the Oates Collections where visitors can discover the stories of the nineteenth century explorer Frank Oates, who travelled extensively around Africa and Central America and the heroic Captain Lawrence Oates. The Collection commemorates the life of Lawrence Oates, who travelled with Scott to the South Pole on the epic yet ill fated Terra Nova Expedition of 1912. This unique and diverse, interactive Museum also boasts a fantastic café which serves food throughout the day.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
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+44 1420 511275
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A fascinating visit. Unusually there are, linked but distinctively varied, people's lives celebrated here: Gilbert White, naturalist, Captain Oates, Antarctic explorer and William Oates and his brother, Africa explorers. At the entrance we were warmly greeted and given lots of interesting and useful information. It...More

Thank nijari
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful house and pretty gardens, if you are interested in nature particularly birds you will love this place. Gilbert White was a lovely man who cared about the natural world around him. The Oates Collection was very interesting as well. Had lunch in the new...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting with a natural history group and a garden tour had been organised for us. It was brilliant and very informative. We also took the opportunity to visit the house and Oates collections. A very interesting couple of hours.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I feel so angry at the way they have ruined Gilbert White’s house. I have been visiting Gilbert Whites for many years and always loved its charm and atmosphere. Now it has had a huge lottery grant that has been used to strip the place...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My grandchildren, aged 10 and 9, loved this trail. There are alphabetical boxes all round the garden and meadow, each one with a stamp and a link to something Gilbert White knew. They ran all over the place finding the boxes and stamping their cards,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very pleasant couple of hours in the house, garden and cafe. Very well set out, interesting and informative. Lovely relaxing garden and delicious cake in the cafe. They were in the middle of some alterations to the cafe/shop area and staff coped well....More

Thank cholloway48
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the unusual flower shower for the second year in a row. This place is special to me anyway as I got married here in June 2017, but the unusual flower show is a good day out and gives you the opportunity to visit the...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

We spent a glorious May afternoon enjoying the grounds of Gilbert White's House in Selbourne, which can't be beaten when it is picnic season. The summer meadows, in flower are splendid ( and vast - good luck with the scything ) and the historical cultivated...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

Our group was made so welcome by the friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. This museum has recently had a large injection of money to improve facilities (the new cafe was not quite finished at the time of our visit). The museum is well laid out...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections museum is a quaint museum with a lovely garden to wander around in. If you wish to know more about life at home regarding Gilbert White’s life-long investigation of the natural world, culminating in his world-famous book The Natural...More

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Akela186390
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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
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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.
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