Richborough Roman Fort

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Richborough Roman Fort HISTORY

Richborough Roman Fort, originally called “Rutupiae”, in Kent marks the site where the Romans successfully invaded Britain in 43 AD.

Known by many as the “gateway to Britain” and also Richborough Castle, Richborough Roman Fort is thought to have begun as a military stronghold for the invading Roman soldiers and developed into a civilian town and one of the country’s main ports. One reminder of the leisure facilities of this historic town can be seen around five minutes away in the form of the vague remnants of an amphitheatre.

When visiting Richborough Roman Fort, it is hard to believe that this now very much land-based site was a coastal defensive structure. However, in 2008, archaeologists discovered the location of the original Roman coast.

The impressive stone walls that still stand at Richborough Roman Fort are the remains of a wall fort built by the Romans in the late third century AD to protect against the Saxons. Visitors can also see remaining defensive ditches and the ruin of a first century triumphal arch.

Richborough Roman Fort TOURIST INFORMATION

DIRECTIONS TO Richborough Roman Fort

Richborough Roman Fort is located 2 miles north of Sandwich rail station. By car, at the A256/A257 roundabout, follow the road signed for Sandwich. Take a left at the fire station.

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Richborough Roman Fort OPENING TIMES AND TICKET PRICES

Richborough Roman Fort is open Apr-Sept, 10am-6pm (amphitheatre open at all reasonable times). Entry costs £4.50 for adults, £2.30 for children, £3.80 with concessions. Family ticket £11.30.

Richborough Roman Fort HISTORIC INFORMATION

NAME: Richborough Roman Fort
CONTINENT: EUROPE
Alt Name: Rutupiae | Richborough Castle
Country: United Kingdom
Period: Ancient Rome
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Date: 0AD - 99AD
City/Town: Richborough
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Resorts: Sandwich, Ramsgate,

CONTACT DETAILS

Richborough Roman Fort ADDRESS

Richborough Roman Fort, Off Richborough Road, Kent, CT13 9JW

Richborough Roman Fort PHONE NUMBER

+44 (0)1304 612013

Richborough Roman Fort EMAIL

customers@english-heritage.org.uk

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