Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm

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Get your tickets today for Butser Ancient Farm, one of the best things to do in Hampshire

Butser Ancient Farm makes a unique and fun family day out for visitors of all ages. It's also only a short drive away from Portsmouth, although you'll feel like you've arrived at a totally different time period!

  • Tickets are just £11.50 for adults and £7.50 for children
  • Reduced concession tickets available for seniors, students and disabled visitors
  • Get £8 off your booking when you buy the family ticket for two adults and two children, or for one adult and three children
  • Under 3's go for free and dogs are welcome. 
  • Save on tickets when you buy online in advance for £1 cheaper per ticket. 

Buy your tickets for Butser Ancient Farm for a day out in the South Downs that will thrill the entire family. Read on to find out more...

Welcome to Butser Ancient Farm, where the past comes to life

Butser Ancient Farm is a living history museum that takes you back in time to experience the daily lives of our ancient ancestors. Nestled in the picturesque South Downs in Hampshire, this unique farm and museum offers an immersive journey through the past, where history comes to life.

Step into a world where the skills, crafts, and traditions of prehistoric times are lovingly brought back to life in an open-air museum. From the Neolithic ages to the times of Romans and Saxons, Butser Ancient Farm spans thousands of years of human history, giving you a glimpse into the lives of our ancient predecessors.

Re-live history in a unique family day out in Hampshire

Engage in hands-on activities, from grinding grain and baking bread to making pottery and crafting tools. Learn ancient skills, such as fire-making, flint knapping, and weaving, from skilled demonstrators.

Explore the authentic reconstructions of ancient buildings, including roundhouses, a granary, and a Roman villa, carefully designed based on archaeological evidence and historical research. Wander through the herb gardens and fields, where crops and livestock from ancient times are cultivated using traditional methods.

Be sure to keep an eye out for events and re-enactment days, where you can meet Celts, Romans, or Saxons on various days throughout the year. 

Trade the stresses of modern life for the vibrant world of the past

Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and transport yourself back in time at Butser Ancient Farm. In just a 15 minute drive from Portsmouth, you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of historic times, and gain a deeper understanding of the remarkable ancient past.

Come and experience the magic of Butser Ancient Farm, where history comes alive, and the ancient world awaits your exploration. 

Hampshire PO8 0BG
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How to find us

You can find Butser at the full address of: Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 0BG

By car: 

Butser Ancient Farm is a two minute drive from 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. The entrance to the farm is halfway down the hill on your right.

By public transport: 

Take the train to Petersfield. Catch the Number 37 bus from Petersfield to Clanfield, and come off at the Hampshire Hog in Clanfield. The site 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.

Please remember to check bus and train times before planning your journey (unfortunately buses don’t tend to run on a Sunday)

  • Visitor Centre
  • Food and drink
  • Toilets
  • Baby-changing facilities

People also ask:

Can I bring a picnic to Butser Ancient Farm?

  • You’re welcome to bring your own picnic. Across the site you can find picnic benches, or if it’s wet you can cosy up on a bench by the fire in one of the historic buildings!

Can I bring my dog to Butser Ancient Farm?

  • Your whole family is welcome for day admission, including your four-legged friends! To respect other visitors, please keep your dogs on a leash and be sure to clean up after them. At some specific events, only assistance dogs will be allowed to enter.

Is Butser Ancient Farm accessible for wheelchair users?

  • All buildings, both modern and historic, are fully wheelchair accessible. The only exception to this is the Roman villa, which unfortunately has one inaccessible room. There are also disabled toilets located in the Visitor Centre. Please note that some buildings may feature a slight bump on entrance.

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