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Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

| Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
+44 1420 511275
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Pleasant Saturday afternoon

Had a very pleasant couple of hours in the house, garden and cafe. Very well set out, interesting... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
cholloway48
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Alton, United Kingdom
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Unusual Flower Show Visit

Visited the unusual flower shower for the second year in a row. This place is special to me anyway... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
theoriginaljp
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Portsmouth, 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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| Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
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+44 1420 511275
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Reviewed 6 days 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

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Reviewed 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank TeamFishUK
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

On 12th May the museum celebrated the launch of the new look museum with free entrance and many special activities. Gilbert White's House is a very special place and the recent building project has enhanced the museum considerably. The newly located shop has a wonderful...More

1  Thank Lynn F
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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful house, very nice gardens and the museum has a very interesting selection of polar expedition artefacts. Will definitely pop in again when down in Hampshire.

1  Thank Gary B
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Had a great time with my 18 month year old daughter she loved seeing the stuff animals and we spent ages with the staff teaching us all about the insects and animals they have on display + tea and cake we had an amazing day...More

1  Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

The museum is undergoing some refurbishment and the entry fee has sensitively been adjusted accordingly. All thevstaff are welcoming, professional and informative. The lady on reception was most helpful, the French lady in the cafe most charming and the lady and gentleman gardeners were passionate...More

2  Thank Geraldmm
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

We got married in July 2017- the barn and surroundings are beautiful however the service we received was terrible. To begin with our wedding coordinator left the barn and we were without a coordinator until 6 weeks before we got married. We were not told...More

4  Thank Loulouv87
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Akela186390
15 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
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beeniecrew-182
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.
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