Fishbourne Roman Palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace has a wonderful collection of Roman mosaics – some of the earliest and best preserved examples in the UK.

fishbourne roman palace

Fishbourne is the largest Roman residence north of the Alps. At about 500 feet (150 m) square, it has a larger footprint than Buckingham Palace.

Like several Roman sites, the palace was discovered by accident. In 1960 a farmer was digging a water main trench when he uncovered remains of Roman mosaics. Investigation during the next nine years, established Fishbourne Palace as one of the most extensive in the UK. It contained some of the finest mosaics in the country.

The first Roman presence at Fishbourne was a military fort – from just after the invasion in 43AD . By the end of the 1st century, there was a magnificent palace, containing some of the earliest mosaics in the UK.

The palace had about 100 rooms, most with mosaics. Some 20 of these earliest mosaics still survive. They rang in size from small fragments to almost entire chambers.

Many of the first mosaics were of simple black on white geometric designs. During the early 2nd century much more vivid and elaborately designed ones were created. Motifs used classical motifs such as a head of Medusa, flowers, knots, and urns in many colours.

One of the most famous of these shows Cupid on a Dolphin, bearing a trident. You can see this in the photograph above.

At the time or writing in mid October 2020 the Palace in open sat and Sun from 10.30 to 4 p.m. You don’t need to pre book.

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Places To Eat Outside

Places to eat outside are popular at present. There are several in and near Steyning which I recommend on warm days!

Places to Eat Outside in Steyning

Cobblestone Tea House


A lovely venue just off Steyning High Street, where you can enjoy a snack or afternoon tea. A nice sunny spot!

The Star Inn


The Star Inn in Steyning has a lovely garden where you can relax and enjoy some tasty food. It is on Steyning High Street, very close to Rosebud Holiday Cottage

Places to Outside Nearby Steyning

The Fountain Inn

This traditional pub has some tasty food and an attractive outdoor space. Just a couple of miles from Steyning in the village of Ashurst. Best to book if you would like to eat there.

Local Accommodation

Read about Rosebud Holiday Cottage


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