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Fishbourne Roman Palace
- Fishbourne Roman Palace
- Alt Name:
- Fishbourne Roman Villa
- United Kingdom
- Ancient Rome
- Northern Europe
- 0AD - 99AD
- Bignor Roman Villa, Portchester Castle,
Brading Roman Villa,
about Fishbourne Roman Palace
Fishbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex hosts the remains of a huge Roman palace complex which was constructed in the 1st century AD.
Built on the site of a Roman supply compound, Fishbourne Roman Palace was a vast and impressive development which would have been built for the very highest echelons of Romano-British society. It is one of the largest Roman palace complexes to be discovered and is bigger than Buckingham Palace.
Over the next two hundred years Fishbourne Roman Palace was further renovated, including the addition of an array of intricate mosaics, many of which can still be viewed.
In the late third century Fishbourne Roman Palace was struck by fire and there is no evidence that the site was re-built beyond that date. The remains lay lost and forgotten until their discovery in the 1960s.
Today, Fishbourne Roman Palace is run by the charity Sussex Past and is open to tourists and educational groups. Visitors can view audio-visual displays, artefacts and reconstructions of the site as well as viewing the remains of the North Wing, which are protected under a covered enclosure.
There are many extremely well-preserved mosaics in Fishbourne Roman Palace, including the famous Dolphin mosaic.
The site also contains a reconstructed Roman garden, designed and planted according to archaeological and historical evidence, as well as a museum examining Roman horticultural techniques.
Various events and performances are held at Fishbourne Roman Palace throughout the year, with details available on the official website (see links).
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Address: Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex, UK, PO19 3QR
Phone: 44 (0) 1243 789829
Fishbourne Roman Palace is located in the village of Fishbourne near Chichester. From the A27 take exits for the A259 towards Fishbourne. Turn into Salthill Road and then right onto Roman Way. Fishbourne railway station is close by and local buses stop in Salthill Road.
Fishbourne Roman Palace is open daily from 10am-4pm (5pm Mar-Oct). Open weekends only in January. Closed weekdays and some weekends in late Dec (check official site for details). Entry costs £7.90 for adults, £7 concessions and £4.20 for children. Discounts for families and groups are available.
Cafe and car park on site
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