Town Walls, Colchester

Town Walls, Colchester, Essex CO1 1YG View on map

The town walls are amongst the earliest defences of their kind built by the Romans in this country. They were built over a number of years between around AD 65 and AD 125 to protect the 108 acre town. The Wall originally formed a circuit 2,800m (1.45 miles) long and 2.4m thick. It incorporates 6 gates and between 12 and 24 towers, with a V-shaped ditch dug along the foot of the wall to improve its defensive capabilities.


Opening Arrangements

At any reasonable time.


Surrounds Colchester's historic town centre. Rail: Colchester 1 mile.

Parking Spaces


St Mary's and Middleborough public car parks.

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Disabled Toilets: No
  • Assistance dogs: Yes