Museum of the Iron Age
The Museum of the Iron Age is a small but charming museum in the town of Andover and focuses on Iron Age life and culture. It is based on the story of nearby Danebury Hill Fort and has a life-size roundhouse which makes it popular with schools studying the Iron Age. The Lego model of the roundhouses is also a favourite with younger ones! A visit will take no more than an hour or two (and its free) and you can always combine your visit with a trip to Danebury Hill Fort to get a full sense of the history of the Iron Age.
Danebury Hill Fort was built in the 6th century BC and was in use for over 500 years. During this time it underwent many changes and became a ‘developed’ hill fort with a series of roundhouses and Iron Age features. It is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is a great example of an Iron Age settlement.
The Iron Age was a period of time following the Bronze Age and Stone Age and is considered to be from around 1,200BC to 600BC. It marked the transition to a world where writing was widespread and therefore written history was available. Prior to that, archaeological excavation was the only source of knowledge of how our ancestors lived. Danebury Hill Fort has no historical records but it underwent a series of summer excavations led by Barry Cunliffe between 1969 and 1988, and the Museum of the Iron Age is dedicated to its findings.
Where to Stay
If you are looking to visit the Museum of the Iron Age and the Danebury Iron Age Hillfort, the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge is the ideal location. Located on the A303, the hotel is in easy reach of both venues and is also perfect for visiting other historical attractions in the area. Why not visit us and relax in comfortable surroundings and admire the countryside through the large picture windows. Enjoy a drink or a meal in the outstanding Solstice Bar & Grill after a busy day out!