Colchester - A Walking Tour of the Roman and Medieval Gates

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'Walking the walls' is a great way to explore Colchester's history. The town's Roman Walls, which were erected in the years following Boudicca's attack on Camulodunum, have stood for 2000 years and have the stories and scars to prove it. Around two thirds of the wall is still standing making it the earliest, best preserved and longest town wall in Britain.

Follow this circular walking route around the perimeter of the walls. The downloadable guide focusses on the original Roman gates to the town as well as the later Medieval additions, and the walk is supplemented by both interpretation panels around the route revealing further history, and metal plaques embedded in the pavement marking the key points highlighted in the map.

The map has been updated for 2021, making it easier to read in a downloadable format, but you can also purchase a physical copy from the Visitor Information Centre where it is printed back to back with a similar walk detailing the infamous Siege of Colchester in 1648.

The download is available here.

The route is just short of 3km (2 miles) in length, and includes some steep hills and an uneven grassed area.

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Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Map & Directions


A Walking Tour of the Roman and Medieval Gates

Type:Walking Route

Starting point: The Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT

Tel: 01206 282920

Fax: 01206 282924


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