Richborough Roman Fort
Kent - CT13 9JW
For visitors to Britain interested in the invasion of England by the Romans in 43 AD, Richborough Roman Fort near Sandwich is an absolute must. This is the actual spot where the Romans landed and continuously occupied until their departure in 410 AD.
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In the 1st century the salt marsh was actually a sheltered lagoon harbour, ideal for the Roman ships to moor and unload their soldiers. Recent excavations have uncovered the line of the shore at that time.
When the Romans arrived, one of the first things they did was establish a bridge head to guard 765 yards (700 metres) of the coast. This event was later commemorated by a mighty triumphal arch, whose cross-shaped foundations still survive. The arch celebrated that the Roman invasion was complete and it also provided an impressive gateway for arrivals at what became the province’s main entry port.
The great roman road to London, Watling Street, starts at Richborough Fort.
Within the fort many physical remains of the town have been uncovered. These include an early supply base, the remains of the Triumphal Arch, a mansio (an hotel for visiting officials) and in the remains of an early Christian church.
The impressive grassy ramparts and ditches were added in the 3rd century when Rutupiae (the Roman name for the port) was attacked by sea-borne Saxon raiders. A decade later the fort was encircled with a stone wall incorporating towers and another ditch. A large town grew up around the fort and a magnetometer survey of the fields beyond the fort revealed buildings and roads hidden beneath the ground.
Plan Your Visit
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Opening Dates & Times
10:00 – 18:00 hours
Check official website for details - Allow an hour for a visit.
Fort: Closed 1 October – 20 March.
Amphitheatre: Open any reasonable time.
English Heritage members free.
Check the official website (below) for up to date visitor costs.
Museum; Shop; Audio Guides included in admission cost
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1304 612 013
Richborough Roman Fort website External Link
- By Car At the A256/A257 roundabout, take the road for Sandwich and then turn left at the fire station
- By Boat There are some Boat Trips on the River Stour which leave from Sandwich call into the fort. Go to the Sandwich Riverbus article in this website – contact details are:
+44 (0)7958 376 183
Sandwich Riverbus External Link
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