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The Museum of the Iron Age tells the story of Danebury hill fort which lies to the south west of Andover. The hill fort was excavated by Professor Barry Cunliffe between 1969 and 1988 and is one of the best studied sites of the British Iron Age.
The museum uses real objects from Danebury alongside life size models, reconstructions and dioramas to bring the Iron Age to life. Stand alongside our fortified ramparts and imagine eating dinner around the cooking cauldron inside our roundhouse room.
Themes which are covered include; farming, religion, trade, crafts and warfare. As well as Danebury, there is also information and finds from other sites which help to tell the story of the Iron Age and Roman periods in north west Hampshire.
We have a selection of material to help with research on local archaeological and historic topics, including local history and archaeology books, excavation reports, periodicals, trade directories, photographs and cuttings. If you wish to use this resource we recommend you contact us to check the room’s availability. Please note we don’t lend items out.
There is a gift shop selling related books and gifts, and coffee shop selling tea/coffee and biscuits.
Whether you are an archaeological society or a University, we recommend a visit to the Museum combined with a trip to Danebury hill fort. We suggest you visit the museum first followed by Danebury. Please book your museum visit tel 01264 366283. Although booking isn’t required for Danebury it is recommended that you contact the Countryside Service to ensure there are no restrictions. Tel 01962 860948.
Vistit the Hantsweb website for more details.
It is a nationally important Scheduled Ancient Monument and also a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Danebury is 4km north west of Stockbridge (sign posted from Nether Wallop near Stockbridge).
The site is open all day, every day, free entry with ample free parking, and toilets are open from April to October. Telephone Hampshire County Council to check for occasional closures for essential works or unforeseen emergencies.
In the time of its main occupation, from about 550 BC to 100 BC, it would almost certainly have been bare of trees since they would have obscured the view. Today there are many trees on the site.
The site is a most impressive monument to the iron age people who lived in this hill town for four and a half centuries.
The overgrown remains of the Danebury racecourse can be seen in the field to the south east of the hill.
For further information please visit the Hampshire County Council Countryside page on Danebury Hill Fort or the Wikipedia site, both of which are good sources of information.
The foundation of the Roman rural system in the region can be seen at Houghton Down which eventually developed as a small Roman villa.
As well as water birds like herons, moorhens and kingfishers, there are thrushes, larks, robins, three types of woodpecker and many other British native species.
Insect life abounds in the dense vegetation. From spring onwards there are many species of butterflies to be seen, from Brimstones to Common Peacocks, and in early summer the dragon and damsel flies begin to hatch.
The water too seethes with life. Water boatmen, caddis flies and snails provide food for the birds, as well as for the many species of freshwater fish - pike, roach, bream golden orfe and four types of carp, including Japanese Koi carp.
And the garden is also the perfect environment for a wide variety of native British wildflowers, from the purple loosestrife to the southern marsh orchid.
Longstock Park Water Garden is not open to the public during the winter. It will be open again on behalf of local charities on the first and third Sunday of the month from next April.
Longstock Park Nursery
open 8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday - Saturday (throughout the year), from 11.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday (November - February) and from 11.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday (March - October) Click here to visit the Longstock Park Nursery website.
John Lewis Partnership Websites
The John Lewis Partnership and its subsidiary companies have a number of other websites. Click here to view the list and links to the other websites.
For more information visit the Longstock Water Gardens website here.
The Museum of Army Flying is home to a unique collection of aviation history one of both international and national importance. Come and see over 35 historic fixed and rotary wing aircraft on display which along with detailed dioramas, artifacts, trophies and models serve as a profound and inspiring tribute to men and their machines.
The Museum gives a fascinating and imaginative glimpse of “soldiers in the air” and life at the home front.
Opening times are Daily 10:00am to 4:30pm - Last Admission at 4:00pm.
This ancient chalk downland, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, has a long history of common grazing rights which are still maintained by the Trust, Lord of the Manor since 1946.
Distinctive plants of the chalk grassland include cowslip, thyme, harebell, horseshoe vetch, greater knapweed, yarrow and violet. There are many downland butterfly species including chalkhill blue, and some scarce moths. The scrub of hawthorn, blackthorn, dogwood, privet and juniper provides valuable nesting sites for birds such as blackcap, yellowhammer, nightingale and garden and willow warblers.The Down is popular with walkers, especially those with dogs. There is also regular riding along the old gallops.