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Gilbert White's House and Garden | The Oates Collection

gilbert-whites-house1In the nearby picturesque village of Selborne is Gilbert White’s House and Garden, where the pioneering naturalist Gilbert White lived and worked in the 18th Century. He was one of the world’s first naturalists and catalogued the natural history in the surrounding Hampshire area. The publication of his work The History and Antiquities of Selborne is on display in the house and was studied by Charles Darwin in later work on The Theory of Evolution.

While you’re there, you can also discover the Oates family, also from Selborne, who were 19th and 20th Century adventurers. Captain Lawrence Oates was part of the fateful Captain Scott Antarctic expedition in the race to be the first to the South Pole. Oates famously, walked to his death, parting with the words "I am just going outside and may be some time".

A visit to Gilbert White’s House and Garden and The Oates Collection is always popular with our guests who also enjoy the cafe and shop. You can walk up onto the National Trust common behind the house to enjoy excellent views over Selborne and the Hampshire countryside.

To find out more about Gilbert White’s House, including opening times, special events and the history of the house and beautiful gardens, visit

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