Summer: April to September
Monday to Sunday – 10am to 5pm (Last entry 4pm)
Winter: October to March
Monday to Friday – 10am to 4pm (Last entry 3pm)
We will be closed for essential maintenance and Christmas pudding from Tuesday 20th December 2016 to Monday 9th January 2017.
*Please note: The site will be closed (except the visitor centre) on Friday 28th – Sunday 30th April 2017 due to the Beltain Festival. It will open again on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017.*
Roman Villa Renovations
Due to essential renovations, the Roman villa will be closed during February half term. Major work on the villa will then start at the end of May or beginning of June and will last for three months. During this time we cannot guarantee full access to the villa. A range of fantastic Roman activities will continue to take place for schools. To learn more about our exciting renovation project, please visit our information page here.
Admission Prices 2017
Adults – £8.00
Concessions – £7.00*
Children (5-16) – £4.00
Under Fives – FREE
Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) – £20.00
Annual Family Pass – £45.00
*Includes seniors, students and disabled visitors. Disabled visitors are also entitled to free entry for one carer.
Please let reception know if you would like to use our mobility scooter to get around the site. We welcome schools, groups and lecture tours all year by arrangement.
In our visitor centre you will find information displays, a gift shop, light refreshments and easily accessible facilities. Our well-stocked gift shop sells guidebooks and plenty of history-themed pocket money souvenirs. We accept payment by card, cheque and cash.
The new Janus Visitor Centre is named after the Roman god of gateways, who is depicted with two faces – one facing the future, the other the past. It’s the building through which visitors are transported from the 21st century into Iron Age Britain. The Janus centre is also a showcase of sustainable technologies, including solar panels, a biomass wood-burning boiler and rainwater harvesting.
Did you know? None of our wastewater goes into the sewers – it is all filtered through a reedbed, creating a wetland area.
In the Janus Visitor Centre we sell hot and cold drinks, ice creams and locally produced fudge. We have picnic tables with beautiful views if you want to bring your own food, or you could eat around the fire in one of our prehistoric houses.
The toilets (including disabled) are based in the Janus Visitor Centre. There is also a baby-changing area in the disabled toilet. Our toilets are eco-friendly, and the waste from the toilets is processed by bacteria living in a Hipaf tank after which the fluid runs into a reed bed. Antibacterial gel kills these bacteria, so please do not use this at the farm. Please ensure than no wet wipes or sanitary items are put down the toilets.
It is easy to reach Butser Ancient Farm, which is close to the border of Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey. We are situated just off the A3 between London and Portsmouth about 5 miles south of Petersfield. Butser Ancient Farm is signposted in both directions at the Chalton/Clanfield exit.
Butser Ancient Farm
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The nearest railway station is Petersfield. The number 37 bus towards Waterlooville/Havant/Clanfield leaves from outside the station. Get off at the Hampshire Hog Pub and we are a half-mile walk over the A3 and down the road towards Chalton.
Local taxi services
Petersfield Taxis: 01730 303030
Petersfield station taxi rank: 0845 600 0650
5 Ways Cars: 01730 260442
Where to stay and eat in the local area
Accommodation can be booked through Petersfield Tourist Information Centre on 01730 268829. You will find a wide choice from cosy B&Bs to luxury spa hotels. Our nearest pubs with accommodation are The Hampshire Hog (023 9259 1083) and The Rising Sun in Clanfield (023 9259 6975).
The Sustainability Centre (01730 823166), a short drive away, also has alternative accommodation with a hostel, yurts and camping facilities.
Landfall B&B is run by Andy McElroy and can be found at www.landfallhamble.co.uk or on 07745 617132.
Wriggly Tin Huts are luxury shepherd’s huts and can be found at www.wrigglytinhuts.co.uk or on 02392 632990.
There are more than a dozen restaurants in Petersfield, 5 miles away, and many country pubs in the surrounding area.
Dogs are welcome. They must be kept on a short lead and any mess cleaned up. Please be aware that we have livestock on site and dogs must be kept under control at all times. Visitors are welcome to exercise their dogs in the car park and public footpaths are within easy reach. Please note that animals of any kind, apart from assistance dogs, are not allowed at special events because of the large crowds.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on site.
You are welcome to take photos. Please seek our permission if you wish to use these pictures for anything other than private use.
The site is based on an open field with a mixture of grass and flint paths. It is possible for wheelchairs to access the majority of buildings easily, however there are a couple of trickier areas. The Janus Visitor Centre has been designed to be fully accessible to disabled users.