Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre


Bring Roman Britain to life at Richborough Roman Fort, a key site throughout the period of Roman occupation in Britain. Explore the huge stone walls, the earthworks and building remains at the site, and visit the museum to learn more about life in Roman Britain. 

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.
  • Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you and your group to do the same where possible.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

Curriculum links

Bring the history of Roman Britain and the curriculum to life at Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre:

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS2 History: A local history study. The Roman Empire and its impact on technology, culture and beliefs in Britain. Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55 - 54 BC, the Roman Empire by AD 42, the successful invasion by Claudius
  • KS2 Geography: Human geography: types of settlement and land use
  • KS3 History: A local history study. The study of an aspect or theme in British history from before 1066

Free self-led visits

Book a free self-led visit, and plan your day to suit your curriculum needs. Richborough Roman Fort is the perfect site to bring your lessons on Roman Britain to life outside of the classroom. Explore the huge stone walls and earthworks that form this Saxon Shore Fortress, and learn more about the rich history of Richborough in the museum. 

Find out more

Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to help support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free Learning Resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team are on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study


  • Facilities
    • PARKING: There is a free car park with space for 30-40 cars, as well as space for coaches.  The entrance to the site is down a narrow path and across grass.
    • TOILETS: Two toilets are available on site, both with disabled access.
    • LUNCH: Students are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds, and an under-cover porch area with benches is available to use for packed lunches in bad weather.
    • SHOP: Gift shop in the visitor centre sells a wide range of English Heritage souvenirs and gifts, snacks, ice-creams, hot and cold drinks.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: There are no specified disabled spaces in the car park. The car park is approximately 100m from the Visitor Centre, down a narrow path and across a grass field. Disabled visitors can be set down close to the Visitor Centre. This needs to be arranged in advance so we can unlock the relevant gate at the right time and provide specific instructions. Access is via uneven ground, steps and banks. Manual wheelchair users are advised to bring an assistant due to the uneven, rough grass.
    • AUDIO GUIDE: An audio guide is available as a QR code download to a smartphone.
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