Fishbourne Roman Palace
Fishbourne's impressive remains came to light in 1960 when a new water main cut into the previously unsuspected foundations and mosaics.
It was to prove one of the most important British archaeological discoveries of the century.
Roman Supply Base
Over the next nine years archaeologists uncovered a military supply base established at the time of the Roman invasion in AD 43, along with later civilian buildings.
The sumptuous palace itself was constructed AD 75, possibly for a Celtic king, Tiberius Claudius Togidubnus, and rivalled in size the imperial palaces in Rome.
Visitors can see many of the remains, including 20 spectacular mosaic floors in various stages of completeness.
The Cupid on a Dolphin is, one of the most beautiful examples of the art in Britain. The story of the site is told in the museum aided by plans, photographs, models, and everyday items discovered by the archaeologists.
An audio visual programme adds the human touch, telling the remarkable tale through the voices of those who may have lived, worked or excavated the site.
Fishbourne's superb Roman garden has been replanted to its original plan, based on the bedding trenches, tree pits and post holes that survived centuries of ploughing.
A new area displaying the plants grown by the Romans has been created and stands
alongside the Roman Garden Museum featuring gardens from Britain and Italy.
A Roman 'potting shed' displays a range of replica tools and equipment as well as original implements found on the site.
The site also offers:
- Education Department
- Free parking
- Palace Shop
- Very good access for disabled visitors
- No dogs except on lead in car park.
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Situated north of the A259 off Salthill Road Fishbourne is approx 1.5 miles west of Chichester. Signposted from the A27 and A259. Fishbourne railway station is about 5 min walk from the palace. Regular buses stop at the junction of Salthill Road and the A259. Information can be obtained from West Sussex's travel line (01345 959 099)
Fishbourne Roman Palace Postcode for SatNav: PO19 3QR