Is Butser Ancient Farm Open?
Covid-19 Update: Closed for the winter season. However organised school trips and winter events and workshops are still taking place. Planing to re-open to pre-booked visitors in February half term. For the most up-to-date information visit their official website via the link above or view our list of Hampshire attractions.
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 four ancient settlements; Stone 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, 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 spinning, foraging 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.
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)