Butser Ancient Farm

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 four ancient settlements; Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Saxon with family trails and hands on activities (from cave painting or digging in the archaeology pit, to mosaics or chalk bashing). Plus feed the rare breed animals and, on special days learn ancient skills from staff, volunteers and re-enactors, such as metalworking, thatching, textiles and ancient cooking. There are always new 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, such as felting, cooking or metalworking. Take part in special events; theatre in the roundhouse, storytelling, ancient festivals like Beltain or Samhain, there really is something for everyone.

Summer opening times: 1st April to 30th September: 7 days a week 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm) Open weekends.

Winter opening times: 1st October to 31st March: 5 days a week : Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm (last entry at 3pm) Closed weekends.

Closed over Christmas for maintenance. Exact dates to be confirmed.

Admission price 


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)

Why should I visit?


    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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    Where to find us


    Butser Ancient Farm
    Chalton Lane
    PO8 0BG

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    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?