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Roman Wall/Guard Room/Triumphal Arch
Historic Site, free entry
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.