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6. Fishbourne Roman Palace

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Fishbourne Roman Palace


Fishbourne Roman Palace was discovered by accident during the digging of a water main trench in 1960. The discovery led to nine seasons of excavations that showed the site had developed from a military base at the time of the Roman invasion in AD43 to a sumptuous Palace by the end of the first century.
 
The story of Fishbourne Roman Palace is told in an entertaining audio-visual programme and by the site museum, which contains fascinating artefacts from excavations along with plans, reconstruction drawings and models.
 
The remains of the North Wing of the Palace are enclosed within a cover building for their protection and are the largest collection of in-situ mosaics in Britain including the famous Cupid on a Dolphin.

Outside, the northern half of the formal garden has been replanted to its original plan. An attractive plant display area contains a range of plants known to have been cultivated by the Romans. Adjacent to it is a Roman Garden Museum which includes a reconstructed Roman potting shed with a selection of horticultural tools.

Fishbourne Roman Palace Address:
Fishbourne Roman Palace
Salthill Road
Fishbourne
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 3QR
England, UK

Fishbourne Roman Palace Opening Times:
1st to 31st January, Sundays only, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
February, Daily, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
March to October, Daily, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
November, Daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
December, contact the centre for details

Fishbourne Roman Palace Admission:
Adult  £7.60
Child (5-15)  £4.00
Senior Citizen  £6.80
Family (2 adults & 2 children)  £21.00
Registered Disabled  £7.60

Group Admission Prices (minimum 20 people)
Adult  £6.30
Child (5-15)  £3.00
Senior Citizen  £6.30
Student  £6.30

Education Workshops (additional cost)
Groups up to 35 pupils  £55.00

Guided tour of the Collections Discovery Centre
(subject to availability on the day)
Per person  £2.00

T  +44 (0)1243 785859

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