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Historic Site, free entry

Balkerne Gate

Balkerne Gate

Details

Colchester's Roman Wall is the oldest and longest surviving town wall in Britain. It was built to defend Colchester after the Boudican rebellion in AD60 and includes Balkerne Gate: the original main entrance to the town and upgraded to a Triumphal Arch celebrating the conquest of Britannia by the Roman Emperor Claudius. The remains of a Roman Guardroom can be found next to the Balkerne gate. The wall can be walked around today and is best seen in Castle Park and at the top of Balkerne Hill near the Hole in the Wall public house.

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Colchester Borough Council

01206 282920

Address

Balkerne Passage,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO3 3AA

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Map reference: TL 992249  Lat: 51.89171 Long: 0.90119

Parking: free