Gilbert White House and Oates Museum Museums

Gilbert White House and Oates Museum
High Street
GU34 3JH


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The attractive village of Selborne and its beautiful countryside is famous for its association with the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White. Through Gilbert White's writings, the garden is probably one of the best documented of its type and is gradually being restored. Already established are his 'Quincunx', wooden ha-ha, alcove and 'Six Quarters' - beds to display many of the fascinating plants known to White. His brick path leads to the stone ha-ha, sundial and part of his fruit wall. Later additions include a spectacular laburnam arch, topiary and fragrant herb garden: all set against the backdrop of the magnificent beech-clad Selborne hanger.

The Oates Museum is devoted to the remarkable Oates family and in particular, Frank Oates, a Victorian explorer, and to Captain Lawrence Oates who accompanied Scott to the South Pole. There are illustrations and relics of both these adventures.

Tea parlour: Delicious refreshments are served in the restored dining room. Much of the fare is based upon interesting eighteenth century recipes. With the emphasis on unusual and inexpensive gifts and books, there is an excellent gift shop to browse in to find something a little different. .

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VenueGilbert White House and Oates Museum
AddressHigh Street, Selborne, Hampshire, GU34 3JH
Opening times11am - 5pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeMuseums

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