An ancient market town, Thetford was once the capital of East Anglia. Now it is a busy industrial town but it still has a small market on Tuesday and Saturday. Castle Hill is England's tallest medieval earthwork. There are attractive gardens beside the river and behind King's House in King Street.
TI Leaping Hare, 20 King St. Tel. 01842 751975.
Accommodation in Thetford (with distance from station):
The ruins of a 12th century priory. Later structures, such as the gatehouse, still stand intact. Admission free.
Open Daily 0800-1600 (1800 Apr-Sep).
A timber-framed Tudor merchant's house with a fine carved ceiling housing a museum which tells
the story of Thetford and the Brecks. Local people from Thetford's past include the revolutionary philosopher
Thomas Paine and the Sikh hero Maharajah Duleep Singh. Tel. 01842 752599.
Open TWThFS 1000-1700 (closes 1600 Oct-Mar).
The ruined nave of a priory church of the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre. Admission free.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (dusk if earlier).
Thetford was home to the world renowned Burrell's steam traction engines. This museum in the
former paintshop tells the story of the Charles Burrell Works and the machinery they produced.
Open May-Oct, Tue 1000-1400, last Sat of month 1000-1600.
The popular 'Dad's Army' series was filmed in and around Thetford which became 'Walmington-on-Sea'.
Memorabilia of the series is housed in the Old Fire Station behind the Guildhall, the building
itself featured in several episodes as the Town Hall. Tours available. Tearoom.
Tel. 01842 751975.
Open Apr-Oct Sat (also Tue in school holidays) 1000-1500.
The grounds of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) include the Nunnery Gardens which
show how wildlife friendly features can be incorporated into an existing garden.
A wildflower meadow has also been established and this is at its best from late May to July.
Admission free. An information leaflet about the Gardens is available from BTO Reception.
Tel. 01842 750050.
Open M-F 0900-1700. Closed SSu.
This British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) reserve includes a range of wildlife habitats such as
woodland, alder carr, heath grassland and reclaimed gravel pits. Observation hide. Admission free.
An information leaflet about the Reserve is available from BTO Reception (open M-F).
Tel. 01842 750050.
Open Daily dawn-dusk, BTO Reception open M-F 0900-1700.