The Roman Wall of St Albans, which was built between AD 265 and 270 to defend the Roman city of Verulamium, can still be traced for most of its two-mile circuit.
At its peak, the massive structure towered at a height of five metres and was topped by a walkway protected by a 1.8 metre parapet - giving some indication of the importance placed on what was then Roman Britain's third largest town.
Although today the wall no longer stands quite so tall, parts of the structure do still reach the impressive height of four metres, and the surviving foundations of two towers and bastions as well as the remains of the impressive London Gate make the wall well worthy of a visit.
Read more about the history of the wall.
Before You Go
Parking: There is limited on-street parking close to the wall remains on King Harry Lane or a pay and display car park at Verulamium Museum which is a 10-minute walk away across Verulamium Park on paths. The museum is well worth a visit and houses Roman finds from Verulamium, and features superb mosaics and re-created Roman rooms.
Facilities: The Roman Wall is within Verulamium Park and this has various facilities including toilets, a café and children’s play area.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
If you’re looking for things to do in the area, just over 20 miles away lies Wrest Park. Previously home to the De Grey family, you can explore over 90 acres and more than 300 years of garden history at this peaceful property.