Danebury is perhaps the most extensively studied Iron Age hillfort in Europe. Its intriguing finds can be found at Andover’s Museum of the Iron Age.
Danebury hill was featured in BBC2’s A History of Ancient Britain, in which Neil Oliver and archaeologist Professor Barry Cunliffe examine some of the skulls from the hillfort, and discuss the brutal and gruesome ways in which men were killed in battle. Imagine racing for the security of walled defences as enemy warriors from a rival Celtic tribe appear in the valley below?
Today, all is quiet; Danbury’s ‘Ring’ and its once-hidden gateway is now the perfect place for a picnic and to fly kites. Children can storm the ramparts and repel all invaders.
Nearby Stockbridge, whose historic location as a crossing of the river Test also dates from these ancient times, but now offers a wealth of lovely independent shops. Its cafes, restaurants and pubs are a great place to grab an ice-cream and set off to explore further on foot or cycle.
A trip to Milestones in Basingstoke brings the past to life. The museum is home to over 20,000 objects that were either made or used in Hampshire, and is a record of the county's social, industrial and transport history.