A photo showing an aerial view of Fishbourne near Chichester, with the Roman Palace in the foreground and the harbour in the background
Famous as the home of the UK’s oldest and biggest Roman dwelling, Fishbourne is a small village close to the city of Chichester, and perched at the top of the Chichester Channel, one of the creeks of Chichester Harbour.

From the water meadow, to the south of the village, the harbour can be reached, where wildlife flourishes – kingfishers frequent the stream and many migratory birds overwinter in the harbour. From Fishbourne, walkers can traverse the many trails around the harbour, exploring the neighbouring waterside villages of Bosham, Dell Quay, Apuldram and Itchenor along the way.

Cyclists can take the Salterns Way cycle path which winds through Fishbourne, onto the Manhood Peninsula, ending at the golden sands of West Wittering beach. Emperor Way cycle path connects the village with Chichester.

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Things to do in Fishbourne

An image showing a person dressed as a Roman Soldier at Fishbourne Roman Palace

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. Discovered in 1960, the North Wing of this remarkable building is an…

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Events in Fishbourne

Fishbourne Roman Palace Walk: In the Paw Prints of our Ancestors January 12th 10:00 am - 10:00 am

Walk with our resident archaeologist Dr Rob Symmons and his dog and find out more about the Roman history of Fishbourne and the surrounding area. Please wear sturdy footwear.

An image showing a person dressed as a Roman Soldier at Fishbourne Roman Palace Gladiators! August 21st August 22nd 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Step back in time and enjoy the thrill of Gladiators in action on the weekend of 21 and 22 August 2021. It promises to be a thrilling, action-packed day as the Gladiators take up their arms at Fishbourne Roman Palace…

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Places to stay in Fishbourne

Small campsite between Fishbourne and Chichester. Flat grass non-electric pitches available. Suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes. On-site facilities include a water tap and chemical toilet disposal point. No toilet or showering facilities on site. This is a Caravanning and…

Our four superb suites were all fully refurbished in 2009, providing modern, luxurious accommodation that promises you a special stay in Chichester. All rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, Freeview TV and DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities and free wi-fi…

Meadowside is located in central Fishbourne, Only a few minutes from Chichester, from this central position you can easily walk or cycle in to town. A quirky cottage with a total of 5 bedrooms, two double, one twin and two…

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Fishbourne Eateries

Our four superb suites were all fully refurbished in 2009, providing modern, luxurious accommodation that promises you a special stay in Chichester. All rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, Freeview TV and DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities and free wi-fi…

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Fishbourne Gallery