Group visits to Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre

Atmospheric ruinedRoman fortress on the site where Roman invasion forces first landed in AD 43, with a small museum housing archaeological finds. The site will reopen in Summer 2022 following a transformation of the visitor experience.

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Group Discount

We offer a 15% discount (10% for Stonehenge) for groups of 11 or more paying visitors when payment is made in a single transaction.
Per group you also receive:

  • free entry for one tour leader
  • free entry for one coach driver

The tour leader, coach driver and any English Heritage members do not count towards the group totals.

Booking information

Trade admission prices and opening times:

Please refer to our Trade Admission Prices & Site Opening Times brochure for pricing and opening times information at our top sites for groups. 

Making a booking:

Contact information for making your group booking can be found in the Visit & Contact Information section below.

Please include the property name and date of visit in the subject line of your email along with the following information:

  • Group name
  • Name of property
  • Tour reference/booking reference (if applicable)
  • Date and time of arrival
  • Number of visitors

Payment method:

Payment can be made on arrival by: cash, credit/debit card, cheque (made payable to The English Heritage Trust), Agency Voucher Scheme (AVS).

Visit & Contact information

  • Coach parking: Up to three coach spaces are available. These must be booked in advance.
  • Catering: Vending machine selling hot drinks. Shop sells a selection of snacks including crisps, cold drinks, confectionery and locally made ice cream.
  • Museum: There is a small but informative and well stocked museum which is accessible via the shop (there is a step and then a ramp to the shop).
  • Exhibition: There is a permanent exhibition which describes many aspects of Roman life in the museum.
  • Access: Access is via uneven ground, steps and banks.
  • Average length of visit: 1 hours.

Address: Off Richborough Road, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9JW

Email: richborough.castle@english-heritage.org.uk

Telephone: 01304 612013

Guided tours

Make your group visit extra special by adding a guided tour.

Guided tours must be booked in advance and are always subject to availability.

The History & Archaeology of Richborough Roman Fort

This guided tour around the Fort looks at important developments on the site from the early defences dating from the Claudian Invasion of AD 43 to the excavations of the 1920s and 30s.

Richborough was once the busy entrance port to the Roman province of Britannia, and the site of a huge monumental arch built to celebrate the triumph of Rome. The foundations of this monument can still be seen as can many other phases of building inside the walls of the later Fort. The tour focuses on the various physical remains of the Roman occupation, which were uncovered and laid out over 16 years of excavation.

These include an early supply base, the remains of the Arch, the Mansio building where visiting officials would have stayed and the later defences including the walls of the Fort and the later Christian use of the site.

  • Duration: up to 60 minutes.
  • Minimum-maximum pax: 11 - 30 pax.
  • Advance booking required: Yes, a minimum of 14 days notice is required
  • Price: Price available on enquiry.

Tour of Richborough Roman Amphitheatre

This is a guided walk, which involves following footpaths and crossing styles - suitable footwear is recommended! The remains of the Amphitheatre lie in the fields away from the Fort and are a 10 - 15 minute walk from the site shop.

Although not a great deal is known about the Amphitheatre, visiting it gives an interesting insight into the wider context of Rutupiae - the Roman name for Richborough - as the town would once have filled the fields between the Amphitheatre and the Fort.

From the high vantage point of the Amphitheatre it is easy to imagine how the surrounding landscape was once under the Wantsum Channel, making Richborough the entry port to Roman Britain.

  • Duration: 60 minutes.
  • Minimum-maximum pax: maximum of 12 pax per tour. Multiple tours possible for larger groups.
  • Advance booking required: Yes, a minimum of 14 days notice is required
  • Price: Price available on enquiry.

Group Travel Support

Further support and useful resources available to group travel organisers can be found on our dedicated Group Visits webpages.

For educational groups, please visit our School Visits webpages.

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