Chichester and Fishbourne Roman Palace

Chichester and Fishbourne Roman Palace

For 900 years the Cathedral has stood at the heart of Chichester, and at Fishbourne you can marvel at the largest collection of early Roman mosaic floors in Britain.

Chichester and Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex

 

At the heart of Chichester lies the Tudor Market Cross and Norman Cathedral surrounded by a host of independent shops, designer label boutiques, stylish restaurants and pavement cafés. Ancient circular walls surround the city of Chichester with four major thoroughfares which intersect at the central Tudor Market Cross, providing not just a compass point for North, South, East and West streets but also a focal point and resting spot for busy visitors.

 

The magnificent Cathedral, with its spire dominating the skyline, combines historic architecture with a varied and world-famous collection of modern art, including in its treasures a window by Marc Chagall and a John Piper tapestry. For 900 years Chichester Cathedral has stood at the heart of Chichester. Visitors encounter unique architecture spanning the centuries; ranging from original Norman features to the magnificent Victorian Spire. The Cathedral is open every day and all year with free entry. Free guided tours take place Monday to Saturday at 11.15am and 2.30pm. 

 

Chichester’s award winning Pallant House Gallery showcases some of the country’s best collections of 20th Century British art. Galleries display work by Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Walter Sickert, Richard Hamilton and many more. Likewise, the University’s Otter Gallery boasts a distinguished collection of 20th century British art, supported by a number of private galleries in the city with a range of collections.

 

As one of the leading producing houses in the country, Chichester Festival Theatre presents stellar casts in a mix of new drama, Shakespeare, musicals and comedy. Plus enjoy music, dance and theatre throughout the year; with festivities and entertainment ranging from open air concerts and the Real Ale and JazzFestival, to the varied programme of the Festival of Chichester. 

 

Wander through Chichester along to The Guildhall, once part of a grand Franciscan Friary that stood in Priory Park and discover the history of Chichester at The Novium, the City’s newest major attraction which takes us back to where it all began - with the remains of a Roman bath house. 

 

On the outskirts of Chichester, lies Fishbourne where you can explore the Roman Palace. This is a first-century home and outstanding archaeological site. Get hands-on at our exciting family events and marvel at the largest collection of early Roman mosaic floors in Britain.  Discovered in 1960, the North Wing of this remarkable building is an important attraction for anyone interested in learning more about Roman life, art and architecture.

 

Dating back to the beginning of the Roman occupation of Britain, the Roman Palace offers visitors of all ages a unique experience.  Among the remarkable remains of the North Wing, lie over twenty mosaics including the spectacular Cupid on a Dolphin.  Visitors can also view the under floor heating system,  and corridors from the elevated walkways.  An introductory film shows how the Palace may have looked 2,000 years ago and free guided tours are available every day.

 

The extensive grounds of the Palace offer visitors the opportunity to stroll around the formal Roman garden carefully replanted to its original plan, featuring box hedging and staked espalier fruit trees. Step beyond the archaeology into the plant display area, displaying herbs and vegetables of the period, including those used in cooking, medicines and dyeing. Find out more by venturing into the Roman Garden Museum; a delightful experience for gardeners of all ages. The Museum Gallery displays a wide range of Roman objects found during excavations on the site. These include beautiful jewellery and personal items and a sculptured marble head that is believed to be a rare image of the Emperor Nero, as a child.

 

Depart Approx. 17.00

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road East Anchor Road Opposite @Bristol
Eastbound Bus Stop
Bristol Tesco Tesco's Eastville Bus stop - Jct 2 of M32
(Tesco's Car park only has a 2 Hr. parking limit)
Burnham on Sea Burnham on Sea, Pier Street
Bus Stop The Old Pier Tavern
Clevedon Clevedon
First Choice Travel Agency
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Leigh Delamere Services Leigh Delamere - Outbound - Eastbound Side
Return - Westbound Side - Coach Park
Taunton Taunton - Tower Street
Bus/Coach Station
Weston Borough Arms Borough Arms, Bus Shelter
after main entrance to old Clarks Factory
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Worle Bus Stop Worle Preanes Green, New Bristol Rd.
Summer Lane Bus Shelter
Worle - Homebase Worle - Homebase Bus Stop opposite Bridge Farm
New Bristol Road
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