The Roman Wall and Balkerne Gate

Colchester’s Roman Wall is the oldest surviving town wall in Britain. It was built to defend Colchester after the Boudican rebellion in AD60 and includes the Balkerne Gate.

The Balkerne Gate was originally built as a Triumphal Arch celebrating the conquest of Britannia by the Roman Emperor Claudius. Today you can walk in the footsteps of the residents of Colchester in the Roman period when you walk through the remaining pedestrian archway.