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Butser Ancient Farm

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Address: Chalton Lane, Chalton PO8 0BG, England
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Travel back in Time.

Twice I have visited Butser, I read history as a hobby. It was great to meet David Freeman to learn from his knowledge. The houses built by the Butser Team give an atmosphere of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Frithelstock, United Kingdom
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Frithelstock, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Twice I have visited Butser, I read history as a hobby. It was great to meet David Freeman to learn from his knowledge. The houses built by the Butser Team give an atmosphere of times lost to us. The Beltain festival is fantastic in its exploration of the Old Ways 7 traditions of our forefathers. I,m happy to be going... More 

Thank McCree1963
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We visited in December to take part in the Saturnalia experience. There was a charge for our children aged 8 and 10 but adults could accompany for free which made it excellent value. The children had to do various roman tasks through the village including playing games of chance, visiting a Neolithic lady, marching like a roman, tasting roman food... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

A fantastic place to visit with extremely knowledgeable staff. We took our junior children on a school trip to reinforce their learning - and the whole day was hands on. The children were steeped in historical facts and information all day (fabulous!) and the activities were all related to real life situations that would have taken place at that time.... More 

Thank 17Dolly22
Redhill, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We went as a scbool trip and it was a great outdoor experience with plenty on hands on activities and an opportunity to get a real sense of how people lived. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, keen to engage the children and there's a real sense of archaeology happening around you. There are a variety of styles of building,... More 

Thank IanMcArdell
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

An excellent place to visit. Lots of interesting buildings to look at, with good staff on site, who knew their stuff. When we visited also lots of activities, Archery, Roman Cooking & Soldier, and the metal bashers working with bronze.

Thank Frank S
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Our visit to Butser Ancient Farm was spontaneous after coming across a flyer at our hotel in Portsmouth. We did not regret the visit! The farm is in an idyllic location and what has been done there is incredible. We left feeling satisfied that we had learnt much about experimental archeology. The staff were exceptional: interested, passionate, knowledgeable and very... More 

Thank LauraRodriguez15
Southampton, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We took another drive off the A3 to explore the lovely Sussex countryside. Having no particular objective in mind, I saw the signs for the farm and suggested it to the missus. She agreed and we soon found it along a lane or two. We had a friendly welcome and it was a reasonable admission. Nicely located, the reconstructed ancient... More 

Thank Darren_N1967
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152 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Nestled in a beautiful downland valley, this place has the feel of a real time-warp. There are authentic reconstructions of various villages, Neolithic to Saxon, with demonstrations of crafts etc from costumed staff. Care is taken to engage the children, including opportunities to feed the livestock. The staff were genuinely friendly and helpful and their enthusiasm really showed in all... More 

Thank fifytyplus
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Tucked away off the A3 north of Portsmouth is this fascinating research site, open to the public and a great day out for anyone interested in archaeology, as well as for families. An open air laboratory for experimental archaeology, the site consists of a visitor centre (loos, refreshments and gift shop, and a growing number of reconstructions of mainly prehistoric... More 

Thank Jane I
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78 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Lovely visit with plenty of information outside every hut explaining how the people lived back in the iron age, stone age, roman and saxons. Interesting seeing the different huts, also had a lady volunteer called Vivian come in to the saxon hall and told us how it was all put together.

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