Gilbert White's House and Gardens


Alton, Hampshire

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Discover the life stories of three fascinating explorers of the Natural World. Gilbert White, the pioneering 18th-century naturalist; Captain Oates, who made an epic journey of discovery to the South Pole in 1911-12 with Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition, and Frank Oates, a 19th-century explorer of Africa and the Americas. Marvel at his fabulous collection of birds, animals and African weapons. Delight in the wonderful garden, with plant sales too. Free entry to the award-winning Tea Parlour and Gift Shop. See website for details.

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Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Gilbert White's House and Gardens
The Wakes, High Street, Selborne, ALTON, Hampshire, GU34 3JH


About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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