The Dockyard Wall was built between 1704 and 1711 to replace older earth rampart and timber palisade defences, and follows the original plans of Sir Bernard de Gomme.

Made primarily of red bricks, the wall sits on a strong stone foundation. Originally about 4 metres tall, the wall has undergone alterations over time, being raised and lowered in certain sections. Brick piers are evenly spaced along its length, providing structural support.

Its main entrance, Victory Gate, is the oldest entrance to a naval yard still standing. Nearby, a plaque marks Queen Anne’s visit in 1711.

Victory Gate remains a busy entry point for the Dockyard. Please don’t be alarmed when you spot Military Police at the Gate, they monitor the area to ensure our safety.