Fishbourne is famous for being the home of the UK's largest and earliest Roman residence, Fishbourne Roman Palace. The palace was discovered in the 1960s and has an extensive collection of mosaics and artefacts and also offers recreated Roman gardens.
The centre of the village is a conservation area, with several buildings of social-historical interest, such as the Bull’s Head pub; a converted 17th Century farmhouse, the Old Bakehouse and cottages. Should you venture slightly further afield, you can visit St Peter and St Mary Church, which can be traced back to 1589.
Probably the most scenic area of Fishbourne is its water meadow, which extends to the south of the village from the millstream and millpond down to Chichester Harbour. It is the perfect location to enjoy the local wildlife, as kingfishers frequent the stream and many migratory birds overwinter in the harbour.
Places to eat
There is a very small restaurant – the Old Greenhouse – on the Main Road. The pub, The Bull’s Head serves quality home-cooked dishes using fresh local produce, perfect for a hearty lunch or dinner. Hillier's garden centre and the Roman Palace both have cafes. The Fishbourne Centre has a bar open in the evening and serves food on Friday nights and at weekends.
Walks and cycle routes
Enjoy a rural walk with the chance to visit two charming villages in the Chichester District, starting at Fishbourne and carrying along to the quaint village of Bosham. There is a choice of walks with one being justover 5 miles and the other is 10 miles, both with plenty of places to stop off for lunch and refreshments.
There are also nice walks down the harbour with a footpath leading from Mill Lane down to West Wittering in the South. The cycle path ‘Salterns Way’ also leads from Fishbourne down to West Wittering.
Within Fishbourne, Emperor Way and Centurion Way provide safe cycle routes.