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Portsmouth - Fishbourne Roman Palace (half day)

Depart from the ship today and travel the short distance to Britain’s largest and grandest Roman villa. Covering 7 acres of land, Fishbourne was accidentally discovered in 1960 by a workman digging a water trench. Subsequent excavations have uncovered the fact that the site had developed from a military base at the time of the Roman invasion in AD43, to a sumptuous palace by the end of the first century. Many of the Palace’s 100 rooms are lavishly decorated with intricate mosaics and painted walls, and the Roman garden – the only known example to be in existence in northern Europe - is laid out in the style of the 1st century AD.

Before returning to the ship, there is also time to independently explore neighbouring Chichester, Capital City of West Sussex and founded by the Romans. Perhaps visit the imposing Norman Cathedral, consecrated in 1108 which houses more impressive Roman mosaics or enjoy some shopping before returning to the ship.

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Tours in Portsmouth

Maritime Portsmouth
Beaulieu & the New Forest
Fishbourne Roman Palace

Ports in England

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Boston
Bridlington
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Dartmouth
Douglas (Isle of Man)
Dover
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