Fodor's Expert Review Fishbourne Roman Palace

Chichester Museum/Gallery

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 the 1st century AD, 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 extension has added many modern attributes, including a video reconstruction of how the palace might have looked. The site is 1½ miles west of Chichester, a 30-minute walk.


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Roman Way
Fishbourne, West Sussex  PO19 3QR, England


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Rate Includes: £10, Closed weekdays Dec.–mid-Feb.

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