Centred around Lullingstone Roman Villa, this project will enable individuals and communities to connect with the region’s Roman past and its place within the landscape.

Lullingstone Roman Villa represents an extraordinary window in the Darent Valley’s Roman past. Our Darent Valley’s Hidden Roman Legacy project aims to communicate the importance of the landscape of the Darent Valley during the Roman era to a wider audience. It will explore the significance of the villas and other aspects of Roman heritage that remain largely hidden to the general public.

Working alongside English Heritage, the project will contribute to exploratory research and recording-taking at the site. It will also include the creation of new education resources to help inspire the next generation of archaeologists.

The project extends beyond Lullingstone to other sites of importance along the valley, including the Roman villa being excavated as part of the Discovering Roman Otford Project.


  • Community archaeology project
  • Exploring the Roman heritage of the Darent Valley
  • Research, record-keeping and new education resources


Best way to travel

The Villa is an English Heritage site, the address is Lullingstone Lane, Eynsford, Kent, DA4 0JA. For full details about the site visit the English Heritage website. To travel by train take the train to Eynsford Station. Turn left out of the station onto Station Road. Turn right at the T junction and follow for half a mile into Eynsford village. Turn left at Lullingstone Lane and cross the bridge over a ford. Follow Lullingstone Lane for approximately one mile until you reach Lullingstone Roman Villa.


For more information about the Darent Valley’s Hidden Roman Legacy project including volunteering, please contact darent.valley@kentdowns.org.uk

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