Fishbourne Roman Palace is in the village of Fishbourne, Chichester in West Sussex. The palace is the largest residential Roman building discovered in Britain and has an unusually early date of 75 AD, around thirty years after the Roman conquest of Britain.Use our Chichester road trip planning tool to add Fishbourne Roman Palace and other attractions to your Chichester vacation plans.
Much of the palace has been excavated and is preserved, along with an on-site museum. The rectangular palace surrounded formal gardens, the northern parts of which have been reconstructed.
Extensive alterations were made in the 2nd and 3rd centuries when many of the original black and white mosaics were overlaid with more sophisticated coloured work, including the perfectly preserved dolphin mosaic in the north wing. More alterations were in progress when the palace burnt down in around 270, after which it was abandoned.
Fishbourne Roman Palace Reviews
Fishbourne Roman Palace is a really great place to visit if you are interested in the Roman's. Stuart the guide was knowledgeable and bought the villa to life. The staff were very friendly and... more »
We had seen this attraction on the TV and, as we were in the area, we decided to call in and have a look. So pleased we did. A very impressive museum and restored floor mosaics from a number of rooms.... more »
Great place to visit. Many more mosaic pieces than we expected. Artifacts found in the area brilliantly displayed. A very good was given by Nigel a guide. The best tomato soup I've ever had in the cafe. Highly recommended.
If you love Romans, history and just good solid museums this is a gem of Sussex. We all go as a child but a return visit when I was in my mid 20s was brilliant. Also bringing friends from across the pond to show our rich history off is an absolute must.
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