The Southeast Sights

Fishbourne Roman Palace

  • Salthill Rd. Map It
  • Fishbourne
  • Fodor's Choice

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In 1960, workers digging a water-main ditch uncovered a Roman wall; so began nine years of archaeological excavation of this site, the remains of the largest, grandest Roman villa in Britain. Intricate mosaics (including Cupid riding a dolphin) and painted walls lavishly decorate what is left of many of the 100 rooms of the palace, built in AD 1st century, possibly for local chieftain Tiberius Claudius Togidubnus. You can explore the sophisticated bathing and heating systems, along with the only example of a Roman garden in northern Europe. An expansion has added many modern attributes, including a video reconstruction of how the palace might have looked. The site is ½ mile west of Chichester.

Sight Information

Address:

Salthill Rd., Fishbourne, PO19 3QR, England

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Phone:

01243-785859

Sight Details:

  • £8.90
  • Feb. and Nov.–mid-Dec., daily 10–4; Mar.–Oct., daily 10–5. Closed Jan.

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