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Gilbert White's House, Gardens & Oates Collection


Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection is an Independent Charitable Trust and Accredited Museum, telling the story of three great explorers of the natural world. The pioneering 18th century naturalist, Gilbert White, who lived here for much of his life; Captain Lawrence Oates of the final Scott Antarctic expedition of 1911-1912, and Victorian explorer of Central America and Africa, Frank Oates.

Come and enjoy a special day out at this fascinating and most original museum commemorating important individuals in the exploration of the natural world, set in an historic village in beautiful countryside. Having paid admission, our guests are free to come and go as often as they please that day. View the House and Museum, go for a walk around the delightful gardens and through the Park to see the follies, take tea in the Parlour and shop in the old billiard room. Time and energy permitting, walk up the famous Gilbert White’s Zig Zag path through the hanging beech woods, return and tour the grounds. Or just sit and look at one of the most delightful views in the South of England.

The museum welcomes visitors with disabilities and we will do all we can if any assistance is needed. The ground floor of the house, the Tea Parlour and the gift shop are all level access or ramped access. The first floor, which accommodates the Oates Gallery and Gilbert White’s bedchamber, is only accessible via stairs: there is no lift. The garden is accessible on well-kept grass and paths specially laid with very shallow gravel. The parkland beyond the garden is sloping and laid to rough grass. The museum has a non-motorised wheelchair which visitors are free to borrow – just ask at Reception.

A short film ‘The Oates Collection’ was produced following the recent refurbishment of the Captain Lawrence Oates galleries at Gilbert White’s House. The film, produced as a student project, provides a virtual tour for those unable to access the first floor galleries.


Official Guide Dogs are welcome in the house. Well behaved dogs are permitted in the garden with responsible owners, but must be kept on leads.