A fascinating timeline of ancient houses, this working farm presents life as it was throughout various periods of early British history.
Butser Ancient Farm is a unique cultural site – part working farm, park experimental archaeological site, part time-capsule. Nestled in the rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park, the farm is home to reconstructions of ancient buildings depicting life in the Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and the Anglo-Saxon period. The houses are brimming with objects and artefacts to transport you back in time, from Roman toilets and Stone Age beds to Saxon runes and Celtic herb gardens.
The Iron Age enclosure, which includes six reconstructed roundhouses, has been based on several historic UK sites, notably the Glastonbury Lake Village, and each roundhouse presents a different construction technique from that time period.
The historic buildings are accompanied by interaction panels, displays and friendly faces around the farm for a deeper insight to life as it would have been during these periods. There are a range of hands-on arts and crafts workshops throughout the year, including activities for families such as trials, quizzes and DIY archaeology. You can also explore the prehistoric crops grown on site, as well as the rare breeds of animals looked after at the farm, such as unusual types of goats and sheep. And, the farm has even appeared on film and television, such as in Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans.