How to book a learning visit

We ask all groups to book before they visit.  Booking is easy – you can either contact us by email at palacebookings@sussexpast.co.uk or by phone on 01243 785859

When you book, please provide the following information;

  • 2 or 3 possible dates for your visit
  • an estimate of your arrival and departure times
  • your school address and phone number
  • the number of children and year group
  • the number of accompanying adults

It is also useful to know;

  • if there are any particular needs within your group
  • which workshop you would like
  • when your group would like to see the Introductory Film
  • if you would like the lunch room reserved (limited availability)
  • if you would like copies of our Snapshots,or Looking for Clues booklets or other trail sheets

With these details, we will make a provisional booking for 7 days to allow you to organise your transport.

Once you have confirmed your booking, either by phone or email, we will send out a Confirmation Booking Form along with a site map and some further information.  Please bring all these documents with you, along with your payment, on the day of your visit.

Book early for next year!
We are now able to take provisional bookings for up to a year in advance.  We recommend you contact us while your visit is still fresh in your mind so that we can pencil you in for the following year. This gives you the added benefit of being able to secure the dates and times that you want.

Costs for a visit

School groups benefit from group rate admission to Fishbourne Roman Palace.  There is an additional charge on top of admission charges for workshops and other resources.

2018 charges

School child admission                            £3.90
Student admission (16+)                         £7.90
Extra adults with a school group             £7.90

1 hour workshop                                                            £60
½ hour workshop (Ask the Expert, Roman Craft)          £40
15 mins slot (Roman School, Roman Soldier)               £8
Experience days                                                            £12 per head (min £180)

We recommend a pupil ratio of 10:1 and we offer free places to accompanying adults as follows:

Pupils in school years 1-6 – 1 adult will be admitted free of charge for every 8.
Pupils in school years 7-13, 1 adult will be admitted free of charge for every 10.          We can allow additional adult places you have children who require 1:1 support.    Please let us know at the time of booking.

Cluefinders/Snapshots trail sheets                           30p each
Follow up boxes                                    £30 inc VAT per half term.
(Return date agreed when you book. £30 charge for late return.)

How to pay

Payment should be made on the day as costs will vary depending on the numbers in your group on the day.  You can pay by cheque (made payable to Sussex Archaeological Society), debit/credit card or cash.  An itemised receipt will be provided.

We can raise an invoice if you wish to pay after your visit.  Please advise in advance if this is required.

Cancellation charges
Workshops or Experience Days cancelled within 10 working days of the visit incur a fee of 30% of the total cost.

The Access Fund
We have a small Access Fund supported by the Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace. The aim of this fund is to enable groups with limited resources to take advantage of our workshops.  If you are interested in applying to the fund you will need to complete the application form and return to us at least 3 weeks before your visit.  Each application is considered on a case by case basis.  We will notify you of the decision as soon as possible.