All the Wild Things this Easter at Fishbourne Roman Palace

Explore how the Romans connected with the environment around them during a visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace this Easter (April 1st to April 16th, 2023)

Fishbourne Roman Palace, the largest domestic Roman property in the country, was created on the edge of Chichester Harbour nearly 2,000 years ago and sits just outside the South Downs National Park.

This Easter (April 1st to April 16th), the wildlife and countryside around the heritage site will be celebrated, with a series of activities running throughout the fortnight.

Wild Things will feature activities including Birds of Prey demonstrations, nature-themed workshops, have-a-go archery, an Easter trail and arts & crafts.

Most of the activities are included in general admission to the site. This means visitors will also be able marvel at magnificent mosaics and explore the site’s history. Plus they can view hundreds of items which were excavated when the site was discovered in the 1960s.

A temporary exhibition highlighting Fishbourne’s fascinating links to animals will also be on display. This will include details of how the country’s oldest rabbit was found on the site.

What’s on at Fishbourne Roman Palace this Easter

Family-friendly activities will run at Fishbourne Roman Palace throughout the Easter holidays.

• Easter trail – Find Britain’s oldest rabbit in the Palace gardens – every day from April 1st to April 16th

• Dressing up and Roman games – every day from April 1st to 16th

• Birds of Prey displays – April 1st & 2nd and April 15th & 16th

• Archery – including have-a-go sessions* (aged 8 and over only) – April 10th to April 14th (additional charge of £2pp)

• Build a bug hotel – April 10th

• Create your own bunny planter – April 10th to 14th

• Arts and Crafts – April 10th to 14th

• Build your own bird feeder* – April 11th to 14th (additional charge of £6pp – pre-booking recommended)


Visiting Fishbourne Roman Palace this Easter

Fishbourne Roman Palace is just outside Chichester and easily reached from Portsmouth, Southampton, Brighton and Winchester. There is ample free parking on site. Visitors can also get the train (Fishbourne station is a 5-minute walk away) or cycle from Chichester city centre (25 minutes).

The palace is the largest Roman residence north of the Alps and has an unusually early date of 75 CE, around thirty years after the Roman conquest of Britain.

Opening times are 10am to 5pm with last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Ticket prices

Admission is £13 for adults, £12 for seniors and children aged 5 to 17 cost £6.50. Under 5s go free.

Those who chose to Gift Aid their admission are entitled to 12 months free entry from the date of visit.

Members of The Sussex Archaeological Society can visit any of its sites for free. Other properties include Lewes Castle & Museum and Michelham Priory, near Hailsham.

For more details and to book tickets, visit www.sussexpast.co.uk/whats-on