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Fishbourne Roman Palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace is in the village of Fishbourne, Chichester in West Sussex. The palace is the largest residential Roman building discovered in Britain and has an unusually early date of 75 AD, around thirty years after the Roman conquest of Britain. Much of the palace has been excavated and is preserved, along with an on-site museum.

The rectangular palace surrounded formal gardens, the northern parts of which have been reconstructed. Extensive alterations were made in the 2nd and 3rd centuries when many of the original black and white mosaics were overlaid with more sophisticated coloured work, including the perfectly preserved dolphin mosaic in the north wing.

More alterations were in progress when the palace burnt down in around 270, after which it was abandoned. 


Opening hours

  • Monday
    4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
    4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Friday
    4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday
    1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday
    1:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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