Ekehagen Ancient Village is an open-air archaeological museum, and one of the largest ancient villages in Scandinavia! Using reconstructed milieus, guided tours and activities, we bring prehistoric times to life. Along the beautiful natural path through the village you will find settlements with houses and huts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.
Apart from the ancient dwellings, Ekehagen also includes a kitchen garden, the ‘prehistoric store cupboard’, with naturally growing herbs and cultivated garden produce.
The animal pens are home to the village’s wild boars and Linderöd pigs, whilst cows and sheep are allowed to wander around freely.
Cafe and restaurant
Recharge the batteries at Ekehagen’s Café before again venturing out into prehistoric times. We serve hot food, sandwiches, home-baked cakes, ice cream, and hot and cold drinks. Bon appetit!
You can also bring a packed lunch to enjoy in the village or in the picnic area near the carpark.
Opening hours and prices
- Spring season: 1 May – 21 June: Monday – Friday, and Sunday 11 – 16
- Summer season: 23 June – 11 August: daily, 11 – 17
- Autumn season: 12 August – 30 September: Monday – Friday, 11 - 16
What can we do at Ekehagen Ancient Village?
A normal day during the summer season
On a normal day, you explore the ancient village independently, with a map and access to unmanned activities. Join the Prehistoric Hunt – where are the animals hiding? Find out what it would be like to work as an archaeologist in the Archaeology School, paddle a dugout canoe, dig and sow in the Stone Age farmer’s field, play games or sports, or watch the animals. And more! At 13.30-15.30 every day, you can try archery; our guide will show you what to do.
You can also join a guided tour with animal feeding at 12.00 or 15.00. The tours finishes with bread baking around the fire at 13.15 and 16.15. NB: the tours are held in Swedish, although the guide will translate certain parts.
On our activity days and themed weekends, you can try more activities, meet knowledgeable experts and see people in period costumes throughout the village. Enter a living prehistoric world!
You can also join a guided tour at 12.00 or 15.00, and try archery at 13.30 – 15.30.
Spring and autumn season
You explore the ancient village independently, with a map and access to unmanned activities. Join the Prehistoric Hunt – where are the animals hiding? Find out what it would be like to work as an archaeologist in the Archaeology School, dig and sow in the Stone Age farmer’s field, play games or sports, or watch the animals.
We are located just north of Åsarp, by Road 46 between Falköping and Ulricehamn.
Ekehagen is located in West Sweden, outside Falköping and approximately 126 km from Gothenburg.
From the south: Approximately 30 kilometres from Ulricehamn. Turn right at sign just after Åsarp, immediately after the bridge across the river Ätran.
From the north: Approximately 20 kilometres from Falköping. Drive around 50 kilometres through the villages of Slutarp and Kinnarp, then continue for a few more kilometres. Turn left by sign just before you cross the river Ätran and enter the village of Åsarp.
By public transport
Travel by train to Falköping railway station, then continue by bus towards Ulricehamn (service no 209). Get off at the stop Alvareds bro or Ekehagens Forntidsby, depending on which route the bus takes. For timetables, see vasttrafik.se External link..
Get immersed in Stone Age life!
Spend the night in a longhouse or Stone Age hut, on your own or with friends and family.
Once Ekehagen closes in the afternoon, the village goes calm and quiet. This is a unique opportunity to wander around the village and take a closer look, or gather by the fireplace for some quality time with friends and family. In the evening, you settle down on a bed of straw and animal hides. In the morning, you wake up to birdsong and the wind rustling the trees.
Pre-booking required on telephone number +46 515 88 67 60
Equipment: Bring a sleeping bag and mat, and any other equipment you would use if you were spending the night in a windbreak/tent.
Wood and drinking water are available in the settlement. Next to the reception building are modern toilets. To use the shower, pay 25 SEK at the reception and borrow the key to the shower room.
Food: Order a BBQ basket from the kitchen and/or breakfast in the dining room. NB: must be ordered at the time of booking!
You can also bring your own food. Barbeque racks are available in the settlement.
Arrival no later than 16.30. This gives us enough time to show you around the accommodation before the village closes for the day.
Adults: 350 SEK/night + admission for one day.
Children: 100 SEK/night + admission for one day. Payable on arrival.
Breakfast: 60 SEK/person.
BBQ basket: 70 SEK/person (different types of sausages + bread rolls, coleslaw, mustard, ketchup, drinks, apples)
Four pitches with electricity. No grey water disposal. Access to WC and refilling of water. Showers at additional fee. Open May-October. Price: 150 SEK/night.