How to visit Danebury Hill Fort, Hampshire

by Rebecca

Being a Hampshire girl I feel blessed to know a lot about this little corner of the world and so excited to be able to share that knowledge with you to help you explore and discover some of the places I love most. In the post, find out how you can see a monument to British history, Danebury Hill fort.

Where is Danebury Hill fort?

Danebury Iron Age Hill fort, located near my hometown of Andover, Hampshire in the UK. I love that where I live is surrounded by history, with the Danebury Hill fort being just one great example of that. I live 20 minutes from Stonehenge, Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is set and Winchester – the medieval capital of England.

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What is the history of Danebury Hill Fort?

Danebury Hill fort is an important archaeological site and nature reserve. It is one of the most studied Iron Age Hillforts in Europe. The Iron Age was the period of time between the end of the Bronze Age and the start of the Roman period (700BC to AD43). Found evidence suggests that the fort was built 2500 years ago and occupied for nearly 500 years.

Excavations of the Hillfort took place between 1969 and 1988 and many of the objects found can be viewed at the nearby Andover Museum Of Iron Age.

As you can see from the satellite image on Google Maps below, the Iron Age Hillfort was made with defence in mind. You can see a ring of ramparts and ground slopes, leading to a focal highpoint which was used for religious gatherings and important meetings.

What was life like at Danebury Hill Fort?

Firstly, the people who lived here were mostly farmers, living off the land keeping animals such as sheep and cattle. Life was harsh here in this community of around 300 people. 

Furthermore, perhaps it was this harshness that led people to seek solace in religion. The people here followed the pagan belief, with shrines and temples located at the highest point of the fort for people to pray and make offerings. The Pagan beliefs meant the people here believed that their gods lived in nature, found within the rivers, trees and plants.

Why visit Danebury Hill Fort?

Danebury Hill Fort is a quiet and beautiful outdoor location perfect for chilled-out walks, picnics, learning about history and taking some great pictures.

However, one of my faveforite parts of visiting Danebury is the adorable wild horses that you can see happily grazing the grass. They are so tame and are just pretty content to wander around and mind their own business.

Therfore, I decided to go for a walk around the hillfort to explore this historically important site. It’s such a stunning location, after all, it is also a protected nature reserve, so it was the perfect place to take some photos and do some filming. Check out the video below to get a better idea of what Danebury Hillfort is like.

 

Here’s some more information if you want to visit Danebury Iron Age Hillfort:

How to get here:

From Andover, you can catch the number 77 bus towards Stockbridge which has a stop outside the entrance to the Hillfort.

It’s an easy location to reach by car, with its own dedicated car park at the entrance with free parking – yey!

Cost:

It is free to enter the Hillfort.

Nearby things to do:

Other things to do in Hampshire:

  • Take a trip to Southampton to discover the history of the Titanic.
  • Have afternoon tea in the New Forest and enjoy village life.
  • Visit Portsmouth to see the historic Mary Rose

 

Where to stay in Hampshire:

Looking to stay in Hampshire? Here are some of my favorite nearby hotels for a quant British getaway.

The Jack Russel

The Coach House

Grosvenor Hotel 

The Three Cups Inn 

Thank you for reading my blog post about Danebury Hillfort. For more information about the historical site, you can visit the Hantsweb website.

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Thanks for reading,

Rebecca Rayner

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