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.
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)