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A fragment of the City Wall of London at Vine Street.

London’s City & Roman Wall at Vine Street

The wall built by the Romans to protect Londinium sometime between 190 and 230 AD still survives in a number of places. Many of these sections were modified or repaired in subsequent periods of the city’s history. In the 1970s and 1980s a new section of the wall, 10 m long and reaching about 3 m in height, was uncovered during the construction of an office block, Emperor House. That block has recently been rebuilt and the section of the wall, once inaccessible in the basement is now available for all to see, along with the artefacts recovered from the original excavations. The City Wall at Vine Street is open every day (except public holidays) and free to enter, although you must book in advance.

London's Roman & Medieval Wall

A reconstruction sketch showing what the wall section and bastion tower would have looked like when it was built.
A sketch showing what the Vine Street section of the wall and the bastion tower would have looked like. This image is from a wll plaque produced by the Museum of London to mark the surviving sections of the City Wall, known as the London wall Walk.

The City Wall at Vine Street

The display of archaeological artefacts at the Vine Street exhibition gallery.
The display wall of artefacts recovered during excavations in the 1970s and 1980s.
Roman tombstone found at the Vine Street section of the wall.
The Roman tombstone from the Mediterranean.
Glasses and bottles excavated at the Vine Street section of London's Roman Wall.
Roman bottles and glasses on display among the artefacts recovered from excavations at the site.

Visiting & Accessibility

Visiting the City Wall at Vine Street

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 09h00 – 18h00
Closed: Public holidays

Ticket Prices

Free for everyone, but you are required to book in advance. 


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The City Wall at Vine Street

In the basement of Emperor House, on Vine Street, is a part of the 4th century wall that surrounded the Roman city Londinium. A small section of the wall ( 10 m long and 3 m high) still stands along with the foundations of a Roman bastion tower. Originally excavated by archaeologists in the 1970sand 1980s, and studied again in 2012 the remains of the London Wall ae now the centrepiece of a gallery space and café. Besides the wall, a number of artefacts recovered during the excavations are on display. Entry to the gallery is free to anyone, but you are required to book in advance on the website. The venue is open everyday except public holidays.

Archaeology Travel Writer

Ethan Doyle White

When not exploring archaeology and history sites at home and abroad, and then writing about these for Archaeology Travel, I research religion in early medieval England and contemporary uses of heritage. In 2019 I completed a PhD in medieval history and archaeology from University College, London. Read More

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