Two people read sign inf front of a replica neolithic longhouse

Longhouse Tour and Fire Lighting

Learn about the Neolithic Longhouse at La Hougue Bie and watch one of our volunteers light a fire using authentic techniques


  • 1 January 2024 - 31 December 2024
  • La Hougue Bie

This 20-metre long replica Longhouse was built over two years by volunteers, with oversight from Ancient Technology expert Luke Winter. Since it was officially opened in 2019, volunteers have performed day-to-day maintenance tasks using authentic techniques and tools, and act as guides, demonstrators and interpreters to explain the project to visitors. They are also continually researching, experimenting and training to acquire more Stone Age skills to share, including basket-making and flintknapping.

Every Tuesday, a member of the volunteer team lights a fire in the Longhouse using authentic techniques. This adds warmth to the building but also stops any insect infestation in the traditional straw roof. During your visit, the volunteer will also talk about the traditional methods used and the lessons learned during the build.

If speaking to a Longhouse volunteer is going to be the highlight of your trip to La Hougue Bie, please call +44 (0) 1534 853 823 before you visit to check they are confirmed for that date.

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  • Tuesdays / 10am to 4pm with fire lighting in the morning only


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