About

“Butser Ancient Farm is an internationally-renowned experimental archaeology site and a unique day out. We’re both a research site on the cutting edge of archaeology, and a hands-on learning centre where visitors of any age can get involved and experience history! Our ancient buildings are reconstructed from actual archaeological evidence, and test theories about the technologies, homes, and lives of people in the past. Visitors can step back through time and experience what life might have been like for those ancient people, whether that’s getting involved in an activity to learn an ancient skill, watching a living history demonstration, or just sitting by the fire and listening to the sounds of our rare-breed animals. The site currently features a Stone Age farm, Bronze Age roundhouse, Iron Age village, Roman villa, and two Anglo-Saxon longhalls, and is constantly changing as we construct new buildings. We welcome visitors and educational groups throughout the year, and there’s always something going on – whether it’s an activity to get involved in, the site taken over by re-enactors, or demonstrations to watch. We also hold special events, like our Beltain festival and Viking boat burn, as well as workshops teaching ancient skills, including making your own sword! We’re an exciting, hands-on day out with plenty to see and do, as well as a beautiful site to relax in and a safe haven from the modern world, nestled into the rolling countryside of the South Downs.

Butser Ancient Farm

A unique open-air museum with reconstructed buildings spanning 10,000 years, including a Celtic village, Roman villa, and Stone Age farm.

Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, PO8 0BG

02392 598838

matilda@butserancientfarm.co.uk

  • Accessible
  • Bike Store
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Free Parking
  • Gallery/Museum/Educational
  • Historic Landmarks/Heritage Centres
  • Outdoor/Adventure
  • Suitable for children

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