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Plan your visit

Getting to Fishbourne Roman Palace

By car  Easily accessible by car close to the A27 and A259.  Look out for the brown tourist sign. Free car and coach parking is available for visitors.

By Bus or Train – Situated 1½ miles to the west of Chichester and accessible by bus and train.  There is a train station at Fishbourne which is between 5-10 minutes walk to the Roman Palace.  Regular bus service operates to and from Chichester (numbers 700 and 56)  The stop is Salthill Road which is between 5-10 minutes walk which is flat and on pavements.

By Bicycle and on foot – Fishbourne Roman Palace has plenty of cycle racks and is easily reached by the Centurion Way cycle route.  Click here for more details:  http://www2.westsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/prow/pdfs/CenturionWayLeaflet2002.pdf

Accessibility

The site is generally level, with easy access to the museum, North Wing mosaic area, café and introductory film theatre and offers good physical access with wide doors and  ramped walkways. The gardens have gravel pathways but the layout of the formal garden can be viewed from the colonnade which runs the length of the North Wing. Four dedicated parking spaces are offered to visitors displaying a Blue Badge. Assistance dogs are welcome and we offer 2 loan wheelchairs which may be reserved the day before a visit.  The site has 3 wheelchair accessible toilets, one in the Museum foyer, one in the Collections Discovery Centre and one adjacent to the car park which is operated by a RADAR key.  There is seating at intervals within the museum and grounds.

Refreshments

The Cafe at the Palace offers freshly prepared lunches, snacks and cakes as well as a selection of teas and coffees.  It is possible to make reservations for groups by prior arrangement.  For a copy of the menu and contact details click here. We also have picnic tables available in our grounds for your own Roman feast.

Shopping

The Roman Palace Shop offers a wide range of gift ideas including replica items, handmade jewellery and a selection of books and souvenirs.

Toilets

There are toilets available in the car park, museum foyer and Collections Discovery Centre.

Local area

Fishbourne Roman Palace is located 1½ miles to the west of Chichester, or Noviomagus Reginorum as the Romans called it.  The coastal areas of Bosham and the Witterings are both within a 15 minute drive to the south, and to the north is the South Downs National Park. The area is served by many restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts. To find out more about visiting Chichester and the surrounding area click here.

Dogs

Due to the fragile nature of the archaeology on the site, dogs are not permitted in the Palace, picnic area or gardens.  However, there are areas of shade around the car park and front entrance, where it is easy to make regular checks on your dog,  We are happy to provide water for your dog and there is a footpath with dog bins running alongside the site.  If you want to make a day of it, our reception staff can give you information on dog-friendly walks in the local area.

Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the site.