insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 08 - October 2015 - Page 61

DAYSOUT Hastings Castle Fishbourne Mosaic Places to Visit Since there is so much history linked to the beautiful county of Sussex, it’s not surprising that there are numerous sites to visit that will give you more information and let you see first-hand just how incredible the things that happened here were. Fishbourne Roman Palace To get a glimpse of what Roman life was like in Sussex, visit Fishbourne Roman Palace near Chichester. This opulent palace is the largest Roman villa left in Britain, and it would once have been a luxurious place to live. When you visit, you can see the gardens (the earliest found anywhere in the country), and the incredibly intricate mosaics. There are also a number of special events throughout the year. www.sussexpast.co.uk/properties-todiscover/fishbourne-roman-palace Pevensey Castle Weald & Downland Open Air Museum The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum offers a chance to find out more about 600 years of Sussex life. There are 50 different exhibit buildings to explore, each one with a perfectly recreated interior including a Tudor kitchen and a Victorian blacksmiths. It is also possible to see many artefacts that have been found in the area. www.wealddown.co.uk Arundel Castle With almost 1,000 years of history to tell its tales about, Arundel Castle is a fascinating day out. It was built in the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery (Earl of Arundel). Today you can visit the castle, including the keep (131 steps up) and grounds. www.arundelcastle.org 61 Pevensey Castle Most famously known as the landing place of William the Conqueror, Pevensey Castle’s history stretches back over 1,600 years. It was built by the Romans to protect the kingdom from the invading forces, but even this impressive fortress couldn’t stop the might of the Normans. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/ pevensey-castle Battle Abbey Here you can feel the history surrounding you as you stand in this most famous of all battlefields. This is where the history of England changed – where the Normans invaded and won, changing the story forever. When visiting Battle Abbey you can enjoy a wonderful exhibition and audio tour as you enjoy the ruins of this once magnificent building. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/ places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbeyand-battlefield