Butser Ancient Farm

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)

Under threes

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)

Why should I visit?

    • Discover a timeline of ancient homes
    • Set in a beautiful and tranquil location
    • Hands-on activities for children
    • See and feed the rare breed animals
    • Learn new skills on one of the many workshops
    • Enjoy the atmosphere of an ancient festival


Assistance dogs allowed
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Free parking on site
Gift shop
On site parking
Tour Guide – we require booking for this facility
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Butser Ancient Farm

Valid from 25th Jan 2022 until 31st Dec 2022

One Child FREE (Pre-book online only, see voucher for details)

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Where to find us


Butser Ancient Farm
Chalton Lane


02392 598838


[email protected]



Find us online

By car

On the A3, (5 miles south of Petersfield or 4 miles north of Horndean), take the Clanfield exit. Follow the brown signs which say Butser Ancient Farm towards Chalton. Half way down the hill, the farm entrance is on your right hand side.

By train

The nearest station is either Petersfield or Havant depending on where you are travelling from. You would then need to take either a bus or taxi to travel the remaining 5 miles to the farm.

By bus

Please note that taking a bus does not come past the end of our lane. Therefore there would be a good 20 minute walk (down a steep hill on the road with no footpath).

From Petersfield take the number 37 towards Clanfiend and get off at the Hampshire Hog.

From Portsmouth take a number 8 to Clanfield.

Kids activities

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  • Several hands on activities are good for children of all abilities, mosaic tile design, digging in the archaeology pits, chalk bashing and cave painting.
  • Plus have a go at the children quiz trail, available during school holidays.
  • There is also an archaeologists explorer pack available for you to use from the visitor centre.
  • Plus why not feed the goats and sheep during your visit?