Fishbourne Roman Palace

A small family stand on raised platforms above Roman mosaics in a large open indoor space
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Explore this 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.
Dating back to the beginning of Roman occupation of Britain this 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.

Venue Type:

Archaeological site, Museum

Opening hours

Opening times
January open Saturdays & Sundays only: 10am – 4pm February open every day: 10am – 4pm March - October open every day: 10am – 5pm November – 15 Dec open every day: 10am – 4pm 15 Dec - 1 Feb Saturdays and Sundays only: 10am – 4pm

Admission charges

2017 Admission: Adult £9.20, child £4.90, concessions £8.60, family (2+4) £25.00. Admission price for groups of 15+: Adults/students/seniors £7.80, children £3.80.


  • English Heritage
  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums

The finest collection of 'in-situ' Roman mosaics in the country including the famous 'Cupid on a Dolphin'.

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Cupid on a Dolphin
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Activity workshop

Ideal for key stage 1 and 2. Our Education Officer introduces ideas about how archaeologists use evidence and experimentation to find out about aspects of Roman life. They are shown artefacts from the Palace excavations and ideas are presented and discussed with them.
The students use replica equipment and practical activities to learn new skills. For example, how to write with a stylus on a wax tablet, spin wool, make a mosaic, play games, or work in a 'Roman' kitchen.
Finally, selected children are dressed in Roman costume.

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Archaeology workshop for 16 years +

Designed with various options available to meet the needs of the Students. It is suitable for Archaeology, Ancient History and Classical Civilisation Students at GCSE, AS or A2 level. There is an introductory talk about the discovery, survey and excavation methods used at Fishbourne Roman Palace. This is followed by an activity session. One or Two selections are made from either:
Survey and Excavation. Students will examine records and carry out a desk top survey using records of the surveys and excavations of the Palace site and area.
Techniques and Methods. Students will handle artefact found during excavations of the site, then analyse and record them. Students will use samian ware f

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Building Technology

The students visiting this workshop are presented with a selection of Roman construction materials. Working in small groups they discuss the nature of the materials, methods of manufacture and how and where the artefacts may have been used in the construction of the Palace. Archaeological methods are discussed and problem solving tasks using experimental methods are introduced. A cross sectional diagram is presented to aid the discussion. The workshop is suitable for students aged 10 to 15 years key stages 3 / 4

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Celts and Romans workshop

Ideal for key stage 1 and 2 age 8 upwards. The focus of the workshop is on Celtic and Roman Life. Artefact handling, experimental equipment including model making spinning and weaving, games and writing is used to encourage children to make decisions about whether the activities they are undertaking were carried out by the Celts or the Romans. In some cases some of the activities on offer were carried out by both the Celts and the Romans. The session also includes an element of role play using the replica Roman kitchen with selected children dressed in Celtic and Roman costume.

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Domestic Life workshop

This workshop is suitable for key stage 2 and 3 and developed further for key stage 3 and 4 older history and classics students. The workshop is differentiated between key stages and the activities are age appropriate and encourage higher order thinking skills. Led by one of our Education Officers the workshop begins with a discussion about archaeological evidence, what survives in the ground and what can be interpreted from specific finds discovered during excavations of the Palace site. Students are introduced to ideas surrounding food and feasting followed by a group discussion about the lifestyles of the people who lived and worked in and around the Palace 2000 years ago.
The stud

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Leisure and Tourism/Business Studies

GCSE and AS students are introduced to the Sussex Archaeological Society and specifically Fishbourne Roman Palace. Statistical information - marketing plans - diversification and development - education - meeting the needs of visitors - Poster Design option. Discussion with class teacher prior to visit is necessary to meet course requirements.

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Fishbourne Roman Palace
Roman Way
West Sussex
PO19 3QR


Sussex Archaeological Society




01243 785859


01243 539266

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