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“Well worth a visit for a real step back in time....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm
Chalton Lane, Chalton PO8 0BG, England
023 92 598838
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Chalton
Type: Historic Sites, Ranch & Farm
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Burnham, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
37 attraction reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit for a real step back in time....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited Butser Ancient Farm this afternoon after spending the morning in Portsmouth. It's well signed location just off the A3 is very convenient.
The site comprises a visitor centre (gift shop), iron age village (with a main roundhouse and half a dozen or so smaller dwellings), and a Roman villa reconstruction complete with working hypocaust. There was also a Neolithic section in preparation, and we were told planning permission has been granted for a long house.
Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the history behind the exhibits, making this a very enjoyable visit. The only very small negative (and it is very small as I fully appreciate the need to fund the project) was cost. While relatively modest compared to many attractions, I paid £23.00 for two adults and three children (family ticket plus additional child ticket), while the visit time was circa two hours (this being sufficient to view everything). Not a major problem for my first visit, but something that is likely to stop me coming back for a second visit (which I would be otherwise open to do, especially as the exhibits are developed).
That said, if you haven't been and are on route to or from Portsmouth then give it a try - you won't be disappointed !

Visited May 2014
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Liss, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Amazing Beltain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

A fab evening for the annual Beltain event, culminating in the burning of the Wicker Man.
A real festival atmosphere, great acts, bands etc.
Also, a brilliant opportunity to view the old Celtic houses, many had the fires burning in so a real chance to feel how it would have been. Craftsman demonstrating too.
Food was a bit of an issue - more people than expected due to nice weather so they sold out quite early of burgers, paella, vege burgers so plan ahead.
Will definitely be going next year.

Visited May 2014
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Portsmouth
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“Dissapointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

To be fair we saw the advert for discounted tickets on Amazon which we printed off and took with us. On arrival we enquired about this discount, to be told by the lady on the ticket desk quite curtly we should have bought the cheap tickets on line and we should go away if thats what we wanted and return when we had bought them from Amazon, or pay the full price.
We were both a bit shocked at her abruptness as it was only an enquiry and would have been happy to pay the full price.
We chose to leave and so far have not been back.

Visited April 2014
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portsmouthsly, Owner at Butser Ancient Farm, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
We are very sorry to hear that you were spoken to in this way when enquiring about the Amazon deal.
It is our general policy to treat all our customers with the upmost respect and people normally go away with a warm glow of happiness after visiting us!
If you do decide to give us another go (be it with an Amazon voucher or not)
then please do make yourself known so that we can apologise to you in person.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Friendly staff and an educational day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Went with my 7 year old son and his best friend, the staff were all friendly and helpful. They all obviously loved their subject and were happy to chat to both kids and adults about it. No expensive cafe, which could be viewed as good or bad, but plenty of tables (or grass) to sit and have a picnic.

I have already been asked when we can go again!

Visited April 2014
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Ancient antics at Butser Farm -Samhain event was a great evening for all the family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I have visited Butser Ancient Farm on many occasions through out the calender year and always find it a very interesting and a delightful setting.The staff are extremely helpful and very informative regarding facts about the saxon/ celtic /roman period! I recently went to the Samhain evening and enjoyed celebrating with tales by the fire and much much more besides! Thank you for a superb experience.

Visited October 2013
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