About This Attraction
Explore the world of experimental archaeology at Butser Ancient Farm. Here you will find a timeline of ancient homes from times gone by, set in a beautiful tranquil location within the South Downs National Park near Petersfield. Situated just off the A3 with a free car park, Butser Ancient Farm is perfect for both a quick visit if you are just passing, or a longer day out with a picnic and the whole family – including the dog! Relax on the veranda and enjoy the views with an ice cream or coffee, available from the eco visitor centre.
You will discover a timeline of ancient settlements; Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon with family trails and a variety of hands-on activities (from pottery or digging in the archaeology pits, to mosaics or chalk bashing – each day is different!). Plus feed the rare breed animals and, on special days learn ancient skills from staff and volunteers, such as metalworking, thatching, textiles and ancient cooking or even see the re-enactors in full character, perhaps in battle!
There are always new archaeological experiments going on and buildings being constructed based on ancient evidence to discover. The staff are extremely welcoming and always happy to answer any questions you may have. Perhaps try an ancient workshop or take part in special events; theatre in the roundhouse, storytelling, and ancient festivals, there really is something for everyone.
Summer opening times: 1st April to 31st October: Weekends and school holidays 10am to 4pm
Winter opening times: 1st November to 31st March: School holidays 10am to 4pm + special events
Closed over Christmas for maintenance. Exact dates to be confirmed.
Children (3 to 16)
Family (2 adults, 2 children)
Concessions (includes OAP’s, students & disabled. Carer comes free)
Annual Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children)
Annual Family pass plus (2 adults and up to 4 children)