Situated across two floors, the Museum of the Iron Age tells the story of the Danebury hillfort which lies to the south west of Andover. The hillfort was excavated by Professor Barry Cunliffe between 1969 and 1988 and is one of the best-studied sites of the British Iron Age.
Using real artefacts alongside reconstructions based on discoveries made during the excavations, the museum explores life in the hillfort, including defence, home life, farming and religious beliefs.
Things to do
The museum is a great place for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just a few of the things you can do during your visit:
- Visit the replica roundhouse and handle real Iron Age artefacts
- Discover the Fullerton Mosaic and learn more about Roman life
- Explore the Danebury hillfort and imagine what life would have been like
- Spot the objects around the museum with our fun activity sheets
- Browse the museum shop and visit our welcoming café. Bring your own cup for 30p off your hot drink!
This beautiful mosaic floor decorated the main room of a Romano-British villa in the nearby village of Fullerton. The centre piece to the mosaic is the god Mars in his role as protector of agriculture.
Discovered in 1872, the Mars mosaic was later removed by the landowner, William Cory, and laid in the entrance hall of his nearby manor house. With the help of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of local supporters, the mosaic was purchased and lifted by a team of specialists. After appropriate conservation work it was installed at the museum during 2009.
Inside the Roundhouse
Wattle and daub walls give an impression of what life was like inside an Iron Age home. Around the walls are some of the artefacts found during excavation, including some of the finer pottery vessels.
Grain storage and daily bread
Reconstructions and display panels give a flavour of the large grain storage capacity on Danebury, from stores on stilts to storage pits dug into the chalk. Our replica quern stone and clay bread oven show the final stages in producing a dietary staple.
Ritual and religion
Discover how ritual and religion played a significant role in daily life. Who were the Druids and what were sacred groves? How did they dispose of their dead?
We are committed to doing everything that we can to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit. There are steps that we can all take to help keep everyone safe. While you are at Museum of the Iron Age…
- Give you a warm and friendly welcome
- Provide hand sanitiser for you to use
- Regularly monitor and clean shared spaces
We ask you to
- Wear a face mask unless you are exempt
- Keep a comfortable distance between you and other people
- Enjoy your visit!
If you have any concerns or questions during your visit, please talk to a member of our team – we will be happy to help you.
You can find out answers to some commonly asked questions in our Staying safe FAQs.
Please do not visit if you or any members of your household are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has it.
Takeaway snacks and refreshments are available to purchase from the museum.
Bring Your Own Cup!
Get 30p off your next hot drink in the museum café when you bring your own reusable cup! Simply present your cup to a member of café staff to claim your discount.
The museum has a free car park with a disabled bay. There are steps to the front entrance with handrails and an accessible entrance to the rear of the building. The ground floor, including the shop and temporary exhibition gallery, is accessible to wheelchairs. There is a stairlift to the first and second floors. There are some restrictions in the building, please contact us on 01264 366283 before making a special journey.
Andover Museum has a number of self-led school sessions available and can also accommodate other group visits. Please contact us on 01264 366283 for more details.
Materials of the Iron Age - KS2
Led Session length: 2 hours
£85.00 for up to 33 pupils
Our new session combines elements of KS2 History and Science to explore life at Danebury hillfort and investigate the materials of everyday Iron Age culture. Pupils have the opportunity to build their understanding of Iron Age Britain through drama, life-size historic sets and museum displays.
Hands-on activities using replica archaeology, real artefacts and specially developed resources support pupils as they compare materials, group artefacts and dip into Iron Age culture.
We have completed our COVID risk assessments and are ready to welcome schools back to our COVID-secure environment.
Please contact us to make a booking.
Tel: 01264 366283
Self-led - Iron Age school visits
Visit length: 2 hours
We welcome pre-booked self-led school visits to the Iron Age Museum, where you provide your own learning materials and resources. The museum is operated and funded by Hampshire Cultural Trust. We are a registered charity (no. 1158583) and rely on charitable donations. We welcome a suggested donation to the Hampshire Cultural Trust of £1.00 per child for self-led school visits.
Please contact us to make a booking.
Tel: 01264 366283
Iron Age Loan boxes for schools
These exciting and inspirational loan boxes contain costumes, artefacts and teaching materials, designed to supplement and support classroom learning. The Iron Age-themed loan boxes available to book are 'Stone Age to Iron Age' and 'Iron Age Celts'.
For more information and to find out how to book your box via our Hampshire Cultural Gosport-based venue SEARCH, please see 'Loan boxes'.
Hampshire Cultural Trust is a registered charity. The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on all of us. Please donate to help us re-connect our communities through culture.
By car: from the A303 and inner ring road, follow signs for the town centre and brown signs for Andover Iron Age Museum. At New Street roundabout, turn into Newbury Street and then first right into Church Close. The museum is the last building on the right. Our car park is next to the museum and pay and display parking is available off Newbury Street.
By rail: the museum is within walking distance of Andover Station. At the end of Station Approach, turn right into Charlton Road. At the roundabout, head right, cross Western Avenue Road then head up Charlton Road into Marlborough Street. At the top of the road, turn left into Newbury Street and then take the first left into Church Close.
By bus: Andover Bus Station is a 10 minute walk away through the Chantry shopping centre. Follow blue signs in the High Street