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Gilbert White's House & The Oates Museum

Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
+44 1420 511275
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A Charming Museum dedicated to 18th-Geographer, Gilbert White

The house has a charming collection of White;s apparatus and findings; the garden surrounding the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Joan R
Colorado Springs, Colorado
nice place

Not a bad place, very friendly p eople; Ok to spend an hour or so, but too small for a whole day... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Greater London, 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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good39%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
+44 1420 511275
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house has a charming collection of White;s apparatus and findings; the garden surrounding the house is lovely. The Oates collection in the house is most provocative: Oates was an explorer of the Antarctic and was on the South Pole expedition of 1911-12. He perished...More

Thank Joan R
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Not a bad place, very friendly p eople; Ok to spend an hour or so, but too small for a whole day. quite pleasant.

Thank SheikAmeen
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This venue is a little hard to find but once discovered is exceptionally interesting . Rather strange combination of White & Oates !

Thank ronnie080
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Being fans of Gilbert White, we were disappointed in our visit, and echo the comments below about the garden and the lack of people to offer advice/signposting/interesting information. The garden is in a beautiful location but it has obviously seen better days, and seems rather...More

Thank SpringinLondon
Reviewed 24 August 2017

The house and the life of Gilbert white is interesting but not outstanding. The Oates museum is the best part of the visit as it goes into great detail of his expedition to the south pole. and well worth seeing. The garden is a bit...More

Thank Coopper29
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Interesting and pleasant enough, but did not quite live up to my high expectations because (unlike comparable locations under National Trust management) at the time of my visit this property did not have people on duty in the various rooms offering information or available to...More

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We visited the house not knowing much about Gilbert White but still had a really enjoyable trip. We payed for the full entry but you can pay to just visit the gardens. We paid about £10 for an adult entry. The house has several rooms...More

Thank Alice L
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We visited in the afternoon. It was not too busy so we were able to wander around freely. There are exhibits about Gilbert White and his interests in natural history and in Selborne. His diaries and weather records are very interesting. There is also a...More

Thank DoreenH_10
Reviewed 10 August 2017

A very interesting and well presented small museum that gives an excellent insight to the great man Gilbert White as well as Captian Oates and his father Frank. Follow this by lovely walks around the large garden which has many interesting sub plots and surprises....More

Thank Dick G
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Been trying to visit here for years but always wanted to go on a Monday when it closes. A lovely little museum with 2 separate museum areas; I particularly found the upstairs Oates museum interesting. The gardens are a delight - the poor weather meant...More

Thank crabsallover
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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
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.