Richborough Castle

The Oldest Roman Fort In England, An Important Kent Attraction

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The Roman Fort at Richborough near Sandwich dates back to the time of the invasion of Britain in AD43. Although probably not the original landing place of the invasion army (which is thought to be near Deal) the location close to the River Stour provided an easily accessible and safe landing place. The site holds the ruins of a Roman Saxon Shore Fort. It seems clear that Richborough was an important military and civil centre for many years.

The first defences were double ditches used to protect the garrison but after AD 85 the Romans erected a triumphal arch which stood some 80 feet high. The foundations of the arch are still visible today. In AD 286 the whole area was fortified with flint walls 25 feet high and these can also be seen today, as a lasting tribute to their builders skill. Watling Street, the main Roman road to Canterbury and London, starts from the east gate of the fort.

The site is now maintained by English Heritage and is open nearly all year round. Telephone 01304 612013. It is located 1½ miles north of Sandwich, signposted off the A257.

Opening Hours:

1 April - 30 September 2012

  • Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October 2012 - 28 March 2013

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Prices:

  • EH Member - Free
  • Adult £4.90
  • Child £2.90
  • Concession £4.40
  • Family Ticket £12.70

Location And Contact

  • Off Richborough Road, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9JW
  • 01304 4612013
  • www.english-heritage.org.uk

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