Fishbourne is in Chichester District in the County of West Sussex located 2 miles west of Chichester and bordering Chichester Harbour, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The name Fishbourne is derived from Fissaburna, Fiseborne and Fysshburn all meaning a stream with fish which is depicted on the Parish Council logo and features on the Village Sign at Creek End.
Fishbourne lies on and around the A259 – the old road linking Chichester to Portsmouth. The older part of the village is a Conservation Area and new housing has now extended the village north as far as the A27. The building of one of these estates led to the discovery of the famous Roman Palace which is now a major tourist attraction.
Visitors to the village will find a number of places to stay and eat within the village itself, and served by both bus and rail links it is an easy journey to some larger towns in the area.
In the west of the village is a large playing field and community centre which is managed by a charity – the Fishbourne Playing Fields Association (FPFA). The playing field plays host to various clubs (tennis, croquet, bowls, football etc.) and also a pre-school and playground. The Parish Council is very involved in working with the FPFA for the benefit of the community and has a representative on the board of trustees.