Roman Watling Street

Volunteers on a community dig to excavate the Roman road

Volunteers on a community dig to excavate the Roman road

A hidden road lies beneath the surface of Westgate Gardens. It’s nearly 2000 years¬†old, but it was no country lane – you could say it was Britain’s first main road! It was built by the Romans and it was called Watling Street.

 

Today, it lies nearly a metre underground, but the line of this ancient road is marked out on the riverside path. Westgate Gardens was once the place where Watling Street crossed the River Stour, probably on a causeway.

 

Listen to our audio guides and follow links to discover more about this hidden heritage:

 

‘Watching the Roman World Go By’
An audio guide with Jake Weekes from Canterbury Archaeological Trust

 

Excavating Watling Street Рphoto gallery

 

Audio file of the text on the ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’ panel

 

Canterbury City Council HLF