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“Real Romans”

Fishbourne Roman Palace
Ranked #8 of 66 things to do in Chichester
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

My 6 year old daughter informs me that the Roman Palace at Fishbourne was 'very good'. Remember though, first and foremost it is a archaeological site more than a museum.

Overall she did enjoy her visit with her almost 4 year old sister - which fit in nicely as they recently have been learning about the 'Rotten Roman's' via horrible histories books. It's great that we still have these historical Roman sites on our doorstep and it was good that we could show them that the Roman's were actually real. They enjoyed dressing up as a 'Roman princesses' and enjoyed watching the information videos. There were also other hands on activities to do, which were equally accessible to our 4 year old. The staff were great, especially the volunteers - helpful, friendly and full of knowledge. They really go out their way to find out information for you or to answer any questions that you may have.

We got a good family deal via Groupon so it's worth shopping around (£11 for a family of 4). We ate at the on site cafe which was very reasonably priced and had excellent customer service.

In all, a place like this may seem 'boring' for young children but they do cater well for an educational and fun visit for children. There was plenty of information about the site and its historical bearing. Thank goodness it didn't become the location of an intended housing estate or else the history would be lost!

1  Thank walshyfamily
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Came here on a school trip as a child and it is no less awe inspiring now. Do take advantage of the free tour of the exhibit store, we learned lots and the guided tour of the mosaics was fascinating.
Everyone should come here at least once, a fantastic place.

1  Thank SandyHoyland
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Considering this is the site of the largest known Roman villa in the UK, it is surprisingly low-key. Not much is known about who built the site, or why, and its location at the back of a housing development opposite a school makes it all a bit surreal. The main visual sights are the excavations of the mosaic floor, there are no grand buildings to look at.

Nonetheless, the staff are very enthusiastic so try and catch one of the talks as it adds much more to the visit experience and with an entrance fee of £8.70pp including Gift Aid, it seems a reasonable cost for a couple of hours visit. Stretch your brain by trying to image the sumptuousness of Rome in suburban Chichester. Toga party enyone?

Thank BrightonRoy
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Went last summer on a wet Sunday, and this was ideal since most of the site is under cover. You can also visit the interesting gardens and see much of the scale of the original building (although some is buried under the nearby houses of modern day Fishbourne) but the most interesting part is under the roof. The mosaics in the various rooms of the old villa are in an amazing state of preservation and give a fascinating glimpse into what houses looked like for well-off Romans or their clients. The workmanship is amazing, and the guide was very knowledgeable but communicated his wealth of learning in an easy-to-digest and humorous way, helping us to understand what it had been like in the area some 2000 years ago.

Well worth a visit.

1  Thank Chatterbox01
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Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

Sunday 18th may.
A wonderful and very important part of our history amazingly preserved for all to see laid out beautifully.
Upon arriving you are offered to wait for the next tour/talk which we did.
An incredible informative speech by the tour guide who knew his stuff and spoke with passion about his subject. He gave us the history of the place and 75% of his talk around a model of the building which is situated next to the entrance desk.
And this is where it all goes very wrong...
Throughout the wonderful tour guides very important speech the 2 women at the cash desk chatted continuously. Loudly. Rudely. With absolutely no thought whatsoever to the tour guid speaking to his group directly behind them.
Not even were they chatting to incoming customers but with each other.
My whole experience was ruined by these 2 as I couldn't concentrate on what the tour guide was saying.
I did however hear all their conversation.
I'm blindsided by the rudeness . Not a thought for the group of people silently standing with respect listening to the guide.
I'm disgusted if I'm honest at such blatant bad manners.

The staff are complacent and need to step up their game.
Save your chatter for the staff room or home. Your ignorance towards your customer and your tour guide is woefully embarrassing.
I will not return.

6  Thank Dollyland
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