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Gilbert White's House & Garden

Historic museum and gardens overlooked by the magnificent Selborne Hanger.

  • 4.5

  • from 91 Google reviews

Gilbert White's House & Garden
Gilbert White's House & Garden

Gilbert White's house, back view by Ludi Ling. CC BY-SA 3.0

About the garden

Step back in time and discover what nature would’ve looked like during the 18th century. Featuring plants from the era, this 5-acre garden and house-turned-museum in Hampshire have been restored according to former occupant and naturalist Gilbert White’s fascinating diaries.

Each season provides interest in the garden; watch the 20 acres of surrounding parkland glow yellow in spring, witness wildflowers bloom in the meadow during summer and see the orchard exhibit spectacular autumn colours. Meanwhile, within The Six Quarters area, Snowdrops, Aconites and Hellebores flower in the early spring beds and the summer beds boast different species of old Roses. You can also find original garden features including the Haha, Sundial and Fruit Wall and the Great Oak, planted in 1730, as well as crop varieties in the Kitchen Garden that White would’ve grown himself.

Sustainable gardening techniques are practiced here, while produce from the Kitchen Garden is used within the cafe-bar and for preserves on sale in the shop. The museum also houses The Oates Collections, honouring two explorers of the natural world.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 2 - 4 hours (Half Day) at Gilbert White's House & Gardens.

Opening times

October - June Tuesday - Sunday 10.30AM - 4.30PM July - September Every Day 10.30AM - 4.30PM

Useful details

Garden area

25 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a .cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Yes - One manual wheelchair available to borrow.

Hampshire, GU34 3JH

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Find the garden

Gilbert White's House & Garden
GU34 3JH
Sat Nav Postcode
GU34 3BN
Public Transport
Yes, train links to Alton or Liss.
Stagecoach bus (38) through Selborne.
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 91 Google reviews

S White

4 months ago


Such a beautiful venue for a wedding. My husband and I had such a fantastic day. From the moment we visited the venue we feel in love and we were definitely not disappointed. All staff involved helped us to have the perfect day. Thank you to all involved.

Kate Geoghegan

5 months ago


Gilbert Whites are the perfect venue for a venue. The setting is completely stunning, the people are so kind and helpful, the barn itself is gorgeous and the venue added so much character to the day. All of our photos are so stunning. Monique was such a help both in the lead up to the day and on it. The Team was so friendly and it really made planning the day so much easier. The flexibility of the venue added so much personality to our day and we loved the Gilbert White Brewed Beers!


7 months ago


Afternoon tea was truly delicious ... vegetarian sausage roll, cheese and onion mini quiche, sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and more cakes than I could eat! Probably the best afternoon tea I have had. Pastry was perfection. And ... the house and garden were also interesting and beautiful.

Anne M

4 months ago


The house is stunning. Full of information about Gilbert White. There were cut flowers around the house and I was really looking forward to seeing the gardens. What a disappointment. The beds near the house were colourful but the herb and vegetable gardens appeared to have been totally neglected, weeds everywhere. There were huge cucumbers falling out of a frame, which should have been picked. The only vegetables that looked really good were the pumpkins. Very very disappointed.

Tony Scott

6 months ago


One of my favourite living museums due to my interest in plants wildlife and the Antarctic. The recent revamp and addition of the brewery and tea rooms incorporating a local shop for essentials is a great bonus. I recommend a visit to this lovely place, well set out in beautiful grounds and lovely walks up the zig zag to the overlooking beech hanger.

Contact the garden

01420 511275

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