A few miles from Chichester in West Sussex you will find the largest Roman villa discovered in England. Easy to reach from Chichester city centre, just hop on the bus 700 outside the cathedral.

The inhabitants of the area were aware of the existence of an old house but the villa was formally excavated only in the 1960s.

It has a plan similar to that of the Domus Flavia in Rome, with a size actually comparable to Nero’s Domus Aurea. It seems that initially  lived a guy called Togidubnus, a local leader who was loyal to the Romans and therefore declared king of the region, this would at least explain the size of the house.

Photo Credit: © Copyright Penny Mayes and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The palace was then modernized in around 200 C.E. but was then almost completely destroyed in a fire.

However you can still see the beautiful mosaics, including the famous Cupid riding a dolphin.

The Roman villa is open to the public (here you can see the timetable) and once you have seen the villa, you can also visit the Roman style gardens and the museum.

 

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