Fishbourne: a fantastic palace with amazing mosaics and brilliant guides

I have been teaching Year 8 students about Fishbourne Roman Palace as part of the Cambridge Latin Course for ages now, so it was perhaps a bit overdue for me to visit, which I did at the very end of my Sabbatical: it’s not far from Gatwick Airport, my destination by plane from Dubrovnik. It is an enormous palace, built much earlier than most of these villas I’ve seen. It’s remarkable for all sorts of reasons – the mosaics are wonderful, and strangely for a place as large as this, there is literally no mention of it anywhere to be found. Nor is it clear who built or owned it, who lived there… anything really! But what is there is intriguing and beguiling. The guided tour is excellent, and well worth waiting for. Here are some pictures.

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