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Fishbourne Roman Palace

Chichester, United Kingdom
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LaNyonsaise wrote a review May 2
West Midlands, United Kingdom800 contributions377 helpful votes
It’s amazing to think that the remains lay undisturbed for almost 2,000 years and only discovered around 50 years ago. Unlike many Roman sites this is purely a domestic setting, there’s no amphitheatre or forum, so you’re really looking at how the Roman elite lived. The impressive mosaic floors are exactly where they were originally laid, sadly many are distorted by shifting of the often waterlogged land. The site is vast, considering that half of it is under the adjacent houses. The museum has interesting themed panels and contains the usual artefacts that are found in many provincial towns with a Roman past. There’s a refreshing absence of interactive gimmicks so it may not appeal to families although at the time of our visit there were two school parties who were well supervised and busy completing worksheets. We spent a couple of hours indoors and out and felt it was reasonable value for money. In this day and age it’s reassuring that the site is managed by the local archeological society instead of English Heritage or the National Trust.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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ventdusud2 wrote a review May 2
Poole, United Kingdom40 contributions17 helpful votes
What a lovely museum and place to visit. The mosaics are really well displayed and easy to see. The whole site is refreshingly low tech which makes it a really lovely experience. There seems to be lots to interest all ages. Don't miss it!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Gordon B wrote a review Apr 2022
Andover, United Kingdom73 contributions28 helpful votes
The fact that it was indoors made a great impression. The overall exhibit was totally mind blowing and made me think how was this possible over 2000 years ago. So advanced for their time with hot air heating and understanding of medicinal herbs and the like. If you are looking to be over awed then this is the place to go.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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David R wrote a review Apr 2022
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We visited today with our eight year old grandson and he loved it. Apart from the fascinating mosaics there were Roman-themed activities set up for the children over the Easter holidays and he was shown how to write his name in Latin and make an Easter bunny flower pot to which soil and Roman carrot seeds were added for him to grow at home. We all had a go at finding the Latin names of all sorts of animals and played Roman board games. We must thank all the volunteers (who were dressed up) for making our visit so enjoyable.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Janice H wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom62 contributions51 helpful votes
The mosaics are brilliant and displayed very cleverly so that they can be easily viewed. The explanation for each section is interesting. The Roman herb garden is great and even better in the summer. Sadly the cafe was closed and as we had arrived hungry on day 1, we postponed our visit and arrived with a picnic on day 2 of our stay. The picnic area is large.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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