Butser Ancient Farm

About Butser Ancient Farm

Go time-travelling through 10,000 years of history! Discover an incredible family day out at Butser Ancient Farm, a world-famous experimental archaeology site. Explore a Stone Age farm, Bronze Age roundhouse, Celtic village, Roman villa, and Saxon halls, all authentically reconstructed from real UK archaeology! With hands-on activities, a free trail, and frequent living history demonstrations, Butser is an incredible day out for the whole family.

Experience history

Don’t just read about history – experience it for yourself! Discover the closest thing we have to time travel and explore ancient buildings to see how normal people lived. Get curious: touch the thatch, try out the tools, smell the woodsmoke and more for a fully-immersive experience! Which house would you choose to live in?

Hands-on activities

Get hands-on and learn some ancient skills from everyday life in the past – available for free every open day! Discover how to turn sheep’s fleece into wool, learn to make prehistoric rope from plants, get arty and carve ancient designs into chalk, create beads and ornaments from clay, and much more. Suitable for all ages – get the whole family involved!

History brought to life

Want even more excitement? Visit Butser on a special reenactor open day to meet people from history come to life! See Roman combat displays and cooking demonstrations, try out archery or axe throwing, meet a Saxon blacksmith or wise woman, watch epic battles as the Vikings invade, and more.

Something for everyone at Butser Ancient Farm

Get the whole family excited and involved with plenty of activities to interest everyone! Whatever your age and interests, there’s something here for you. Whether you want to have an epic adventure with hands-on activities, a children’s trail, and reenactor battles, or sit and relax by the fireside in a roundhouse and meet endangered goats, there’s plenty for you at Butser.

 ‘A fantastic day out’

Butser Ancient Farm is ranked the best historic site in Hampshire on TripAdvisor, with visitors calling it ‘brilliant, fun, interactive, and engaging’, ‘inspiring and magical’, ‘a must see’, and ‘very good value for money’. Get your family ticket for under £30!

Weekends: Every weekend from 1st April to 31st October, 10am – 4pm

Weekdays: Every day in school holidays (excluding Christmas holidays), 10am – 4pm

Please check Butser’s website for up-to-date opening info!

Adult: £11.50 online, £12.50 on the gate

Child: £7.50 online, £8.50 on the gate

Concession: £10.50 online, £11.50 on the gate

Family: 1 adult & up to 3 kids, £26.50 online, £29.50 on the gate

Family: 2 adults & up to 2 kids, £30.50 online, £33.50 on the gate

Registered carers: Free

Why should I visit?

    • Explore ancient homes from over 10,000 years of history
    • Get hands-on with free ancient skills activities for all ages
    • Follow a free children’s trail in school holidays
    • See living history demonstrations and displays on special days
    • Discover the closest thing we have to time travel!
    • A family day out for under £30


Assistance dogs allowed
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Free parking on site
Gift shop
On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
Tour Guide – we require booking for this facility
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Butser Ancient Farm 2024

Valid from 1st Jan 2024 until 31st Dec 2024

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Where to find us


Butser Ancient Farm
Chalton Lane

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By car

Butser Ancient Farm is two minutes off the A3. Take the A3 between Petersfield and Portsmouth, and come off at the Clanfield exit. Follow the brown signs to Butser Ancient Farm, or directions to Chalton. Half way down the hill turn right into the farm drive.

By train and bus

Take the train to Petersfield. Catch the Number 37 bus from Petersfield to Clanfield, and come off at the Hampshire Hog in Clanfield. Butser Ancient Farm is a 10 minute walk down the hill from the Hampshire Hog. Please be aware that parts of this walk are on the road with no pavement.

Kids activities

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  • Hands-on activities for kids of all abilities
  • A free trail in school holidays
  • Curiosity encouraged: touch everything!
  • Special family events throughout the year

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